Ernie Weiss z”l

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“This community has given so much to me…Now it is time to give back”


Ernie Weiss was born in Mad, Hungary in 1928. He was the oldest of seven children. In 1942, at age 14, Ernie became the ‘head’ of his family, after his father was taken to a labour camp, and died. In 1944, Ernie, along with his mother and siblings were taken to the Satoraljaujhely Ghetto, and then to Auschwitz. All but one sister were murdered. He was then taken to Kitzlitztreben, where he stayed until January 1945 and was then led on a death march to Zitau. Ernie was liberated by the Russians on May 8, 1945. He moved to the US in 1947 as a war orphan. In 1952 Ernie married Rachel Hirschberg, and they settled in Toronto. In 2008, he published Bar Kochba: From the Death Camp at Auschwitz to the Battle for Jerusalem. Ernie passed away on January 7, 2010. He was very proud of his four daughters, and 10 grandchildren.