Pinchas Gutter

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“The Ba’al Shem Tov once said ‘Remembrance is the secret of redemption. Forgetting leads to exile.’The only way to try to avoid future Holocausts and genocides, is to educate our youth, our future leaders. We have to show them what human beings are capable of doing; both good and bad.”

 

Pinchas and his twin sister were born in Lodz, Poland, on July 21, 1932. In 1939, his family was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. In April 1943, after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Pinchas and his family were deported to the death camp, Majdanek, where his whole family was murdered on arrival. Pinchas was the sole survivor. From Majdanek, he was sent to a work camp, then to Buchenwald, and then on a death march from Germany to Theresienstadt. He was liberated by the Soviet Army on May 8, 1945. After liberation, he was taken to Britain. Pinchas lived in France, Israel, Brazil and South Africa, before immigrating to Canada with his wife Dorothy, and their three children, Jan, Tanya, and Rumi in 1985. Pinchas has three grandchildren.