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Harrowing tale of Polish resistance fighter who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz

"The Volunteer" author Jack Fairweather

“The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army, And The Secret Mission To Destroy Auschwitz” by Jack Fairweather
Review/Interview by Martin Zeilig
“When God created the human being, God had in mind that we should all be like Captain Witold Pilecki, of blessed memory.” Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich.
“Witold Pilecki volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz,” writes author Jack Fairweather in the introduction to “The Volunteer”.

Free Press dedicated canabis reporter Solomon Israel has deep roots in Winnipeg


Solomon Israel

Although relatively new to Winnipeg, Winnipeg Free Press cannabis specialist Solomon Israel has deep family roots in our community. While he was born and raised in Boston, both of his parents - Linda Matchan and the late Dr. David Israel, were originally from our community.

How the Royal Winnipeg Rifles managed to enlist a stateless Jew into their ranks while fighting in the Netherlands

Hans Wolpe - a German Jew made stateless under the Nazis, Wolpe wanted to help the Winnipeg Rifles kill German soldiers in order to avenge his family, most of whom were murdered at Auschwitz

Recently, we were contacted by reader Gerry Finkle, who asked me whether I would be interested in meeting him at the Minto Armory – which is the home of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles militia.
Gerry said to me that inside the Armory there was a museum documenting the history of the Rifles. He also told me that the curator of the museum had assembled a special temporary exhibit about one particular man whose life happened to intersect with the lives of many soldiers in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles during World War II.

Realtor Danielle Margolis's 100-kilometre trek across desert for charity in part a tribute to her mother-in-law

Danielle & Jon Margolis


Ed. note: This story about Danielle Margolis was first posted to our website this past February. Danielle Margolis could still use some support in her effort to raise funds for her impending trek across the Sahara Desert in support of Bravestone Inc., an organization dedicated to providing women and children suffering from abusive relationships with safe homes.

Here is the original story:

On November 19, when Danielle Margolis begins her ten-day, 100-kilometre trek across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, her mother-in-law, the late Rae Margolis, will be uppermost in her mind.

Rabbi Norman Fredman was here for only eight years - from 1958-66, but left a huge impression

Rabbi Norman Fredman (1964 "Legacy" yearbook photo)

Introduction: From 1958-1966 Rabbi Norman Fredman, along with his wife Micheline and four children - Aryeh, Yonah, Batsheva, and Tova, lived in Winnipeg. Though here only for eight years, Rabbi Fredman left an indelible impression on many Winnipeggers - especially among students at the former Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, where Rabbi Fredman was assistant principal.

How the only Jewish curling club in the history of the world - the Maple Leaf Curling Club - came to be

the former Maple Leaf Curling Club - now home to the Zion Apostolic Church

Ed. note: The following is taken from a 1983 special supplement to The Jewish Post celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf Curling Club:
In the early 30’s two “Curling Buffs,” Dave and Harry Ditlove, cajoled enough friends to form two Jewish rinks - hoping against hope that enough spectators would become participants to organize a Curling Club. Their ambitions were soon rewarded as the originals - Max and Major Margolis, Louis Goldstein, Frank Atnikov. Jack Abrams and ‘Kelly’ Cohen were augmented by four additional rinks to formally launch the Maple Leaf Curling Club in the 1933-34 season. By 1941, they were renting ten sheets of ice at the St. Johns Curling Club; and by 1945 they had enrolled enough members to use fifteen sheets of ice.