Rene Bruemmer, CanWest News Service; Montreal Gazette
MONTREAL – At the age of 11, childhood friends Esther Grauer and Tova Weiszner survived a six-month death march and three years in a Ukrainian prison together during the Holocaust, begging food from villagers and melting snow to survive.They lost each other after the war, but trod similar paths, settling in Canada and raising families.About 20 years ago, a support organization for Holocaust survivors put them in touch, but they hadn’t seen each other in person since just after they had left prison.

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