Born in the small town of Klimontov, Poland in 1938, Saul was only an infant when Europe transformed into a war zone. He was born into a loving family: his father was a banker, his mother was a homemaker, and he had two older brothers. Saul remembers very little of this briefly relatively peaceful life before his family was transferred to Tzozmer ghetto when he was three years old.
While Saul’s story is one of survival, it is also one of loss. Like many other families, the Shulmans were separated during the Holocaust, with no knowledge of each other’s whereabouts or well-being. Saul clearly remembers his tragic separation from his two older brothers. After this traumatic experience, Saul and his mother were deported to a concentration camp. Sometime thereafter they were deported to Auschwitz; it is truly a miracle that Saul survived. He remembers the sleepless nights he endured in cramped barracks.
Eventually, Saul and his mother moved to Canada to start a new chapter of their lives. They arrived here in 1948, when Saul was nine years old. While Saul suffered the devastating loss of his father, brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles, he was thrilled to discover that Perry survived the Holocaust after being liberated from Buchenwald, a German concentration camp. Saul feels proud to live in a nation that espouses the values of diversity, anti-racism, and human rights.
We are proud to have heard his story, and are thankful that he invited us to his home in October 2016, where students Taylor Frankfort and Jonah Patel interviewed him.
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- 1. Introduction and Life before the War.mp4
- 2. The Beginning of the War.mp4
- 3. Anti-Semitism; Life in the Camps.mp4
- 4. Realizing the War Had Begun.mp4
- 5. The March.mp4
- 6. The Ghetto.mp4
- 7. The Ghetto, Part 2.mp4
- 8. Learning about his Father.mp4
- 9. Saul's Mother.mp4
- 10. Instincts of a Young Boy.mp4
- 11. Family Background.mp4
- 12. Arrival at Auschwitz; The Selection.mp4
- 13. Understanding.mp4
- 14. Mother at Auschwitz.mp4
- 15. The Childrens' Barracks.mp4
- 16. Dodging the Nazis.mp4
- 17. Avoiding the Death March.mp4
- 18. Waiting for Liberation.mp4
- 19. The Krakow Orphanage.mp4
- 20. Liberation.mp4
- 21. Family during War.mp4
- 22. Postwar - A Sense of Hope.mp4
- 23. Emigration to Canada.mp4
- 24. Memory.mp4