Faigie Libman

“If we have hatred in our hearts there is no room for love. The future generations are the teachers of what happened to us. They first must see it and hear it and then remember it. To be good people and to be proud of Israel. Be strong. Have love in your heart and remember that you are a Jew.”

Faigie Libman was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1934. She was an only child. In 1941 a ghetto was established in Slobodka, where Faigie’s family spent the next three years. In 1944, the Jews of Kaunas were transported in cattle cars to concentration camps. Her father was sent to Dachau where he later died. She and her mother were shipped to Stutthof and then three labour camps. In 1945, the Russians liberated their camp. Faigie and her mother were the only surviving members of their family. Her father died the same week they were liberated. After living in a Displaced Persons camp in Austria, her mother located her sister in Montreal and they emigrated to a new life in Canada in 1948. In 1972, she and her husband Benny moved to Toronto, where she taught Junior Kindergarten for more than 30 years. Faigie is devoted to her four children, eleven grandchildren and great grandchildren.