Cantor David Wisnia escaped Nazi captivity during the Holocaust and joined the American Army. He will tell his story and be joined by his grandson, pianist Avi Wisnia, for a musical performance at Ottawa’s Yom HaShoah commemoration on April 23.
As a teenager, Cantor David S. Wisnia was able to stay alive in Auschwitz by singing to entertain the Nazi SS and cell block leaders.
Transferred to Dachau in December 1944, he managed to escape and join the 506th Parachute Infantry of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He engaged actively in combat during the closing days of the war, becoming both a Holocaust survivor and a liberator – “and an interpreter as well,” added the native of Warsaw, Poland, who is fluent in six languages. [Read more…]