Join us for a conversation with Andy Réti — Holocaust survivor, author and motorcycle enthusiast — as he recounts his incredible story of love, survival and resilience during the Second World War.
The Canadian War Museum is proud to partner with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies to bring you a conversation with Andy Réti — a Holocaust survivor, author and motorcycle enthusiast.
Andy Réti is a child survivor of the Holocaust. Born in 1942 in Rechnitz, Austria, he was only two years old when his mother and grandmother were forced out of their home in Hungary and into a Jewish ghetto. Andy’s father and grandfather had already been moved to a forced labour camp. He was liberated from the Budapest ghetto on January 18, 1945, by the Soviet Red Army. He and his mother, grandmother and grandfather survived the horrors of the war through good fortune and grit. They immigrated to Canada shortly thereafter. Andy attributes his survival to the courage, resilience and sacrifice of his mother and grandmother. He believes that “every Holocaust survivor’s story is a love story; the love of life, family and freedom.”
Andy has been involved in Holocaust education since 1998. In 2001, he wrote The Son of an Extraordinary Woman — a sequel to his mother’s book, An Ordinary Woman in Extraordinary Times, which was written in 1990. In 2016, the two books were combined and re-released as Stronger Together.
On January 27 at 1 p.m. (EST), we invite students and educators from across Canada, as well as the public, to participate in a special virtual program. Andy will share his incredible story of survival and liberation during the Second World War, followed by a question-and-answer period. The program is free, but space is limited so we encourage you to register soon.
In English with simultaneous translation in French.
Live via Zoom
Photo: Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre