900 Km Across Hungary On Foot

Békéscsaba, Hungary The Hungarian Gendarmerie (a military force charged with police duties among civilian populations) woke up the Jews in Békéscsaba in the middle of the night and moved them to a ghetto, enclosed districts that isolated Jews by separating Jewish communities from the non-Jewish population. Life in the ghettos was marked by overcrowding, forced… Continue reading 900 Km Across Hungary On Foot

The Early Years

Before the War My father never talked about his childhood and spoke only rarely about his experiences during the war. They say that there are two kinds of survivors, those who do not say a word and those who cannot stop talking. My father was clearly in the first group. Yet, in spite of the… Continue reading The Early Years

Remembering Those Who Cannot Speak

Yad Vashem in Israel, arguably the largest Holocaust institution in the world, is literally translated from the Hebrew language to “hand” (less literally, but more to the intended meaning, the word refers to “memorial”) “and a name.” In this vein, Yad Vashem strives to ensure that every victim of the Holocaust is given a memorial… Continue reading Remembering Those Who Cannot Speak

My Father Has Passed

After arriving from the Holocaust penniless, Herschel Perl successfully built the first kosher commercial butcher establishment in Toronto, Perl’s Meat. He eventually grew to become Ontario’s biggest Kosher meat supplier across the entire province. He was strong, resilient, and above all compassionate. We are surely going to miss him. May his children see nechama (comfort)… Continue reading My Father Has Passed