Just a week ago one of my work besties and I were speaking about her daughter going on the March of the Living trip next spring and how her generation will be the last to hear from first hand survivors about the horrific atrocities committed by the Nazis. Shortly after that conversation happened, I saw about a post about conversations with a survivor hosted by the Markham Public Library and Neuberger Holocaust Centre featuring Holocaust Survivor Howard Chandler.
Just weeks shy of his 90th Birthday, Howard shared his experiences of being Jewish in Poland, forced labour and being sent to the concentration camps including Auschwitz, losing four of his five family members, finding his last living family member – one of his brothers again, how they made their way to Great Britain and then he moved to Canada on a dare. His brother remained in England. Howard arrived in Halifax, eventually moved Toronto, learned English at Harbord Collegiate, met his wife, married, had four children and seven grandchildren. I highly recommend if you are presented with the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor speak, show up. Soon our world won’t be able to hear these stories from those that lived the horror and were one of the lucky ones to survive. Thank you Howard for sharing with all of us.