Fanny Pillersdorf z”l


“Be thankful that you are free. Free to practice Judaism; free to practice whatever you choose to; free to support the causes you feel passionate about and free to give back to people.”


Fanny Pillersdorf was born in 1924 in Bedzin, Poland near the German border. In July 1940 she and her family were sent to the ghetto, later deported and separated and she would never see them again. During the war she was sent to seven different concentration camps. Then while she was being transported by cattle car toward Prague, the train stopped, and the prisoners were let out for a brief period. She hid with three friends in a nearby field and farm until the war ended. Fanny met her husband in Dresden where he fought in the Russian army and was a Prisoner of War. Together they went to the Russian-occupied section of Berlin and eventually made their way to Barbados, where all three of their children were born. They immigrated to Canada in 1962. Fanny passed away on January 13, 2015 and is survived by her 3 children and 3 grandchildren.