Cassandra Kyle, The StarPhoenix
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2007

For nearly four years during the Second World War, Isaac Gotfried dreamed of the day he would be free from Nazi concentration and slave labour camps.

He, like other Holocaust survivors, suffered through unimaginable terror and heartache during the war years. Taken at age 15 from a Polish factory where he worked as a cabinet maker, Gotfried was made to work in an ammunition factory and on construction projects such as the German Autobahn, railway lines and prison barracks for the very same camps where he was forced to survive every day. Gotfried, now 81, lost an estimated 100 family members, including his parents and three younger sisters. His brother survived, and they came to Winnipeg together in 1947. Though years have passed since the end of the war, the memories are unforgettable.