Leo Weiss
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Leo Weiss

December 6, 1924 - September 30, 2015
Drohobycz, Poland

a chance encounter

Leo's philosophy for surviving in a concentration camp was simple. Don't bring attention to yourself and don't stand out. But, sometimes you don't think first and you just act.

Leo was about to be shipped out to what he knew would be certain death. What possessed him, he didn't know, but he bravely told the commanding officer that he wouldn't leave without his wife, who was in the next cell. Leo wasn't married, but his schoolmate, a beautiful young girl was in the next cell. He made this courageous attempt to save them both. Surprisingly, the officer let them both stay behind, thereby escaping death.

After the war Leo immigrated to Canada. Decades later, Leo's son Sol made a trip to Israel where he worked on a kibbutz and befriended a young British woman.

Before returning to Canada, Sol stopped off in London to visit his new friend and meet her family. Miraculously it turned out that the girl whose life Leo saved so many years ago in Poland was a friend and neighbor of this British girl's family.

"For many years I didn't want to talk about my experiences, but I realized that I need to do it for the kids. For as long as I'm here I have to educate the kids and adults, to tell them what happened."