Adler, Amek

Amek Adler was born April 20, 1928 in Lublin, Poland, and he grew up in Lodz. After Nazi occupation in 1939, his family escaped to Warsaw and then to Radom. In 1943, Amek was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and from there he survived the brutality of a series of work camps.  The end of the war found him in Dachau, where his father and one brother were murdered. Amek was liberated on April 28, 1945, and after the war he spent time in Italy and Sweden.  While in Italy, Amek worked with the Israeli Irgun Tzvai Leumi to help illegal immigrants emigrate to Palestine, and when he learned that his mother had survived he moved on to Sweden, where he married and started his own family.   He immigrated to Canada in 1954, where he and his family built a new life for themselves.  We met Amek at Baycrest in September 2015, where he was interviewed for this project by Aaron Joshua, Jonah Patel, Charley Swartz, Rohan Narayanan, and Ted Kang.