After retrieving her little girl, Dora’s mother sent Dora to a French Catholic institution, where Dora assumed the name “Denise Ambert.” Shockingly, the head supervisor led Dora to believe that her mother had been taken to a labour camp and killed and that her brother, Henri, had been shot by German soldiers. This practice was often used to control children and to have the option of “selling” them at a later date.
Once the war ended, Dora, in her early 20s, seeking a new and happier life, came to Canada. She married and had two children, Sandy and Howard. After her marriage ended in 1965, Dora worked two or three jobs for years to pay the bills. In January 1974, heartache struck again when Dora’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer just after her “sweet sixteen.” Dora lost her precious daughter 26 months later.