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 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 was in the next cell and he made a feeble attempt to save them both. Surprisingly, the officer let them both stay.
Decades later after immigrating to Canada, Leo’s son Sol made a trip to Israel where he worked on a kibbutz and befriended a young English woman. Before returning to Canada he stopped off in London to visit his friend and meet her family. Miraculously it turned out that the girl whose life Leo saved so many years ago in Poland was the mother of this English girl.
“For many years I didn’t want to talk, 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.”