Saturday | October 21, 2017

Nayman, Sol

Sol Nayman is a Holocaust Survivor from Poland.  He was born in 1935 to Yudel Najman and Sore Roize Rosenberg; his older sister Mania was born in 1928.  When the war came in 1939, simple, everyday life in their village was turned upside down.  The family was fortunate to escape to the forest, where they saw the Wehrmacht’s trucks and troops roll through and destroy what was in their path.  From there the Naymans managed to trace a path to the east, eventually making their way to the Soviet Union.  Once in the USSR, they had to deal with the wartime conditions in that nation, and they were forced into the vast reaches of Siberia, where Sol’s parents toiled away for many years.  As the war drew to a close, they made their way back to the west, to the Ukraine and eventually Germany itself, where they found themselves in the Wetzlar DP Camp.  Here life slowly came back to a state of relative normalcy, and after several years the family managed to emigrate to Canada.  Sol attended school, where he excelled, setting him on a path for success in later life.

Now retired, Sol is active in Holocaust education, and a participant in the March of the Living, which took him to Poland and Israel in May 2016.  He visited us at Crestwood in April 2016, first speaking to a small group of Grade 11-12 students, and then Mr. Hawkins’ Grade 10 history class.


  • The Mogilas
  • The Nayman Family 2010
  • The Nayman Family at Wetzlar, 1946
  • The Naymans in Wetzlar
  • The Mogila Children
  • The Family at Wetzlar 1946
  • Sol's Father
  • Sol's Room 203 interview
  • Stoczek Wegrowski  Memory Book
  • Stoczek Wegrowski Memory Book 2
  • The Tent Camp 4
  • The Train 1
  • Version 3
  • Version 4
  • Wetzlar - Mania & Sol
  • Wetzlar 1946
  • Version 2
  • USS General Samuel Davis Sturgis
  • The Train 2
  • The Train 3
  • The Wehrmacht in Stoczek Wegrowski
  • Sol's Class - Wetzlar 1946
  • Sol's Class - Ukraine 1944
  • Mother Jan 1927
  • Mother, Mania, Father, 1934
  • Queenie and Sol
  • Roundtable Discussion with Sol
  • Mother and Lisa -  Jan 1927
  • Mania in Ukraine 1944
  • Lunch with Sol
  • Mania & Sol, August 1938
  • Mania and Moishe wedding
  • Sol  - Montreal Class Photo
  • Sol - Wetzlar 1946
  • Sol Nayman - Baron Byng Graduation
  • Sol Nayman at Crestwood
  • Sol with Mr. Hawkins' class
  • Sol's  Graduation
  • Sol in Room 206
  • Sol in his Beitar uniform - Wetzlar
  • Sol and friends at Wetzlar
  • Sol in 1944
  • Sol in Grade 6
  • Herzliah Graduation
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