Orlan, Norma

Norma Orlan is a Holocaust Survivor from Jaworsno, Poland.  A child when the German invasion began, she managed to survive a succession of labour camps during the war, including Gross Rosen.  With the conclusion of the war she found herself in the Fohrenwald DP camp.  She and new group of friends made their way out of Europe; she and her husband would eventually settle in Canada.  From there she started her family, including Tammy Ross, an educator in Toronto, with whom Crestwood has shared some ties in recent years.

Norma was interviewed for this project at Baycrest’s Cafe Europa by Sabrina Wasserman, Erika Thomazi and Madeleine Leftwick.