Grosman, Riva

Riva was born in 1926 in current day Belarus, in at the time what was Poland.  Riva had three sisters and her parents in her family, and they were well off for the time as her father was a lumber merchant; since the fa,ily was affluent Riva and her sisters went to private school.  At the beginning of the war, Riva and her family were transported to the Osmeana ghetto, where they began to feel the harshness of the impending Shoah.  From there, Riva was transported to several labour camps, including Bergen Belsen, where she was liberated by the British.  After the war Riva married in 1947 and emigrated to Israel at the beginning of 1948.  Riva and her husband had their children in Israel, two girls, and then in 1958 came to Canada.

We met Riva at Baycrest’s Cafe Europa, where she was interviewed by Sydney Swartz, Sabrina Wasserman and Hailey Friedrichsen in October 2013.  In the summer of 2019 Scott Masters, Arielle Meyer and Emily Ann Putzke visited Riva in her home in Toronto.