Holocaust Memorial, Church Green
Holocaust Memorial, Church Green by P L Chadwick is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Ninety-five-year old Toronto resident Elly Gotz survived the Holocaust along with both his parents. 

“I never went to high school, because in 1941, the war started,” says Gotz. “They attacked the Jews in Lithuania… They grabbed Jews in the street and tied them up and robbed them and killed them.”

Gotz’s family was moved to the Kovno ghetto. There, the Germans came house to house, first seizing their family’s valuables and later seizing their books.

Years later, they were sent to Dachau, the Nazis’ first concentration camp, where Gotz first did construction labour 12 hours a day. 

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Meagan Gillmore is an Ottawa-based reporter with a decade of journalism experience. Meagan got her start as a general assignment reporter at The Yukon News. She has freelanced for the CBC, The Toronto...