Canadian Holocaust survivors plead for return of European property

National Post

Nate Leipciger was just 11 when he was forced to leave his home in Nazi-occupied Chorzow, an industrial town in Poland.

He grabbed his two most cherished belongings, a box of tools and a stamp album, but they, too, would eventually be snatched away.

“It was very traumatic,” he recalls. “Suddenly I had to leave everything behind.”

More than seven decades later, Leipciger — who spent three years in a Nazi-run ghetto and was spared death at the Auschwitz concentration camp after his father convinced a guard he could be useful as an electrician — is leading a charge in Canada to push central and Eastern European governments to return communal and private property taken from Jews during the Holocaust.

On Thursday, Leipciger, who moved to Canada with his father in 1948, was part of a delegation of Holocaust survivors and Jewish community leaders that wrapped up two days of…

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