The blog is presented here in reverse chronological order. “The Final Chapter” is the last post. To read the first post entitled “My Father Has Passed,” please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Chapter 12 After the fire, life was difficult. The store was never rebuilt and the once proud edifice that my father built from the ground up, with nothing but grit and unnatural hard work, became an empty shell. It stood there for years with a tired old sign in the window: “Perl’s Meat. The Tradition…… Continue reading The Final Chapter
Chapter 11 It was a Friday night on November 10, 2006, when the frenzy of the day had wound down and the quiet calm of Shabbos had begun that all was not well inside Perl’s Meats. An industrial oven was overheated and the wooden interior wall had caught fire. Within minutes, smoke began to pour…… Continue reading Up In Smoke
Chapter 10 In 1956, my father met my mother, Esther Langner (who sadly passed away six years ago), the daughter of Rabbi Avraham Langner and the granddaughter of the illustrious Rav Moshe Langner, the Strettiner Rebbe. The Strettiner Rebbe of Toronto was the son of Grand Rabbi Yehudah Zvi Langner of Strettin, Poland, a widely…… Continue reading Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage
Chapter 9 In 1954, my father opened a small kosher butcher shop in rented premises on the north side of Bloor, between Euclid and Manning Avenues. There was only one other kosher butcher at the time, but according to my father, they had terrible customer service. “I knew if I treated the customers well, they…… Continue reading The Years of Backbreaking Struggle
Chapter 8 After a year living in Nagyszalonta and following his father’s remarriage to Chana, my father went to the Pocking DP camp, the second largest DP camp in Germany. There, he received diploma from ORT, the organization for reconstruction and training, for his studies in the trade of weaving, dated September 2, 1947. The…… Continue reading Finding a Place to Call Home
Chapter 7 After enduring seven months in Schachandorf, which included the frigid winter months, May arrived together with the resonant sounds of thundering cannon fire being exchanged between the German and the Russian Allied soldiers. With the prospect of liberation by the Russians imminent, the SS guards gathered the 2000 boys who remained of the…… Continue reading Liberation