“It is vital that we learn from our history and be vigilant that it is never repeated by anyone and to anyone.”
Howard Chandler was born in December 1928, in Weirzbnik, Poland. He was the middle child of 4 siblings; an older sister, and two younger brothers. At the onset of the war, Howard was almost eleven years old, finishing grade three, and remembers the rounding up and kidnapping of Jews for forced labor camps and the constant search of houses. Between 1942-1944, he was a prisoner in Starachowice Labour Camp and then sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald and was liberated from Theresienstadt in 1945. Only he and one of his brothers survived. In 1947, he was able to be included in a group to go to Canada, where he found his mothers’ two sisters, and lived with another sister. Howard married Elsa and together they had four children. In 2011, Howard received an honorary high school diploma in 2011.