Accession consists of two photographs taken of members of the Transnistria Survivors' Association by the Holocaust memorial at Earl Bales Park, Toronto. In one of the photographs, members are standing with their children and grandchildren. Also included is one JNF certificate documenting trees planted by Lou and Magda Hoffer in the Transnistria Grove in the Aminadav Forest (Jerusalem, Israel) in honour of their parents.
Lou (Leizer) Hoffer is a Holocaust survivor who is a past President of the Transnistria Holocaust Survivors' Association and was a speaker with the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto.
Lou was born in 1927 in Vijnitz, Northern Bucovina, Romania to David and Chaya Sure Drassinover Hoffer. During the Second World War, Lou and his family was deported (along with all the Jewish people in his town) to the death camps of Transnistria (a territory in Ukraine). He was liberated in 1944.
After the war, Lou, his parents and his younger brother, Joe, wandered through various displaced persons camps in Europe. They eventually immigrated to Canada in March 1948 on the ship Nea Helas. He married Madga (nee Pressburger) in 1959. Together they had three sons and one daughter.
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Transnistria Survivors' Association (Toronto, Ont.)