Bill Glied z”l

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“The future of the Jewish Nation is in its youth; we have to make sure that the youth is aware of what has happened to us so events like the Holocaust should never happen again. When I see tens of thousands of youth marching together between Auschwitz to Birkenau, my optimism comes back, and I feel again like we have a chance in this world. If I can impact one student each year on the March of the Living to commit to educating others and future generations about the Holocaust, and the importance of not becoming a bystander, then I have fulfilled my mission.”


Bill Glied was born in Subotica, Serbia, in 1930. He was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944 along with his family. Upon arrival in Auschwitz, Bill and his father were sent to the right and his mother, sister and rest of the family was sent to the left. That was the last time he saw them. Bill was later transferred to Dachau in Germany and worked as a slave labourer, building an underground company, which would manufacture parts for BMW. On April 29, 1945, Bill was liberated by the US Army. After spending six weeks in hospital, recovering from Typhoid Fever, Bill returned to Serbia and lived with his aunt and uncle. Bill arrived in Canada, as an orphan, in September 1947. Bill passed away in February 2018 and is survived by his wife Marika, 3 daughters and sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, one grandson-in-law and his great grandson.