Last month, local resident Vera Schiff was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Schiff was invested as a member of the Order for her career as an author, and for her commitment to the education of Canadians about the holocaust.
Born in 1926 in Prague, Vera lived through the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, and her deportation to the Theresienstadt ghetto in 1942. She was the only person from her extended family to survive the Holocaust.
After the war, she moved to Israel in 1949, and settled in Canada in 1961 with her husband Arthur. She has published 7 books, including Theresienstadt: The Town the Nazis Gave to the Jews, which won the Elie Wiesel History of the Holocaust Award.
Vera has also worked tirelessly to educate young Canadians about the Holocaust, routinely speaking to groups across the country about her experiences.
We want to congratulate Vera on this recognition, and thank her for her commitment to our community, and to Canada.
Interestingly, she lives in the same building as Setsuko Thurlow, who was made a member of the Order in 2006 for advocacy on abolishing nuclear weaponry.