Pinchas Gutter was born in Lodz, Poland and was 7 years old when World War II broke out. His family fled to Warsaw where they were incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto for three and a half years. During the first three weeks of the Ghetto uprising, they were discovered and deported to the death camp, Majdanek. The day they arrived, Pinchas' father, mother and twin sister were murdered by the Nazis. Gutter was sent to a work camp where people were beaten, shot or worked to death. He passed through several other concentration camps, including Buchenwald, and at the end of the war was forced on a death march from Germany to Therenstadt in Czechoslovakia, which he barely survived. Pinchas was liberated by the Russians on May 8, 1945, and under the auspices of the UN’s Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, was taken to Britain. After spending many years in South Africa he immigrated to Canada where he now resides and is a Holocaust speaker, volunteer chaplain and honorary cantor.
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