Nathan Leipciger

“The legacy of the March of the Living is to learn about what happened to our people and what were our traditions that sustained us through the centuries and the Shoah. In order to live in peace and harmony we need to have mutual respect for and mutual acceptance of the other. With the understanding that the laws of our country are paramount.”

Nate Leipciger was born in Chorzow, Poland on February 28, 1928. He had one sister Linka. In September 1939, the German army invaded Poland, and when the Nazis’ decided to make Chorzow “Judenrein”, Nate’s family was forced to leave their town and move to the town of Sosnowiec, which became a de facto ghetto. Nate and his family were transported to Auschwitz, where Nate was separated from his mother and sister, never to see them again. As luck would have it, Nate’s father was able to move Nate into his own line, thus being able to keep his son with him. Nate survived the camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Funfteichen, Gross Rosen, Flossenberg, Leonberg, Muhldorf am Inn and Waldlager (two sub-camps of Dachau). Nate and his father were liberated on May 2, 1945 and immigrated to Canada in 1948. Nate married Bernice, and they have three daughters, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.