At Great Risk: Memoirs of Rescue during the Holocaust

In a village in Poland, a farmer hides Fishel and his family; in a Protestant orphanage in Slovakia, a pastor shelters David and his brother; and in France, underground networks save Eva and her sisters. At a time when most turned away from the anti-Jewish atrocities, some people risked their lives to save their Jewish friends, neighbours and often, even strangers. These three stories emphasize not only the courage and moral strength of a rescuer, but also the survivor’s remembrance and gratitude to them. After the war, Fishel and Eva were instrumental in having their rescuers honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations, and David reconnected with his rescuer, who was also named righteous. At Great Risk also features fifteen Azrieli Foundation authors who were rescued during the Holocaust.

Introduction by Carol Rittner and Mary Johnson

At a Glance
Anthology of memoirs by three survivors, featuring a section on fifteen Azrieli Foundation authors and their rescue stories
Poland; Czechoslovakia; Slovakia; France
Vichy France
Ghetto; hiding; passing/false identity
Resistance and rescue
Righteous Among the Nations
Arrived in Canada in 1948 (Fishel); 1965 (David); 1974 (Eva)

326 pages

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Photo of Fishel Goldig

About the author

Fishel Philip Goldig was born in Mielnica, Poland (now Melnytsia-Podilska, Ukraine), in 1933. He immigrated to Montreal in 1948, where he estab­lished various businesses while also becoming a professional singer, cantor and theatre performer. Fishel lives in Montreal and is dedicated to Holocaust education.

Photo of David Korn

About the author

David Korn was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), in 1937. In 1949, he immigrated to Israel, where he earned a degree in engineering. David came to Canada in 1965 and worked on building restorations in Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. David lives in Halifax, where he speaks often about his wartime experiences.

Photo of Eva Lang

About the author

Eva Lang was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1930. She immigrated to British Mandate Palestine in 1945 and to Canada in 1974. Eva was an early childhood educator and an aestheti­cian. She lives in Netanya, Israel, where she paints and is very involved in Holocaust education.

Who would have imagined that the girls in the home would be so different from each other? My Jewish companions and I quickly adopted the gentile Parisians’ ways of behaving and expressing themselves, and from the outside, the group looked completely homogeneous. Which means we hid our traumas well.

— Eva Lang