Judy Weissenberg Cohen

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“Remembering is not enough... fight indifference, intolerance and injustice.”

 

Born in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1928, Judy Weissenberg Cohen was the youngest of seven siblings. In June 1944, Judy and her family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, there she and her sisters were separated from their mother. Although Judy survived several camps and a death march, her parents, four siblings and most of her extended family were murdered. After being liberated by the US army in 1945, Judy spent two years at the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, along with two siblings. In 1948, Judy immigrated to Montreal, where she met and married Sidney Jessel Cohen and together they had two children. They moved to Toronto in 1961. After a personal encounter with a neo-Nazi Holocaust-denying group in 1993, Judy became an activist in Holocaust education and anti-racism. She is the originator and Chair of The Holocaust Centre’s permanent exhibit “We Who Survived,” Judy is also the creator of the website “Women and The Holocaust.”