A happy-go-lucky boy, Leslie Mezei attends the local high school and plays in the parks and forests surrounding his town of Gõdõllõ, Hungary, until the spring of 1944, when Nazi tanks roll through its dusty streets and change his life forever. Leslie and his family flee to Budapest to avoid deportation, but Leslie's father is immediately taken by the Nazis. With one of his brothers already in a forced labour battalion and a sister deported to a concentration camp, Leslie and his remaining family move from place to place, seeking refuge and only just escaping capture a number of times. Finally, they find safety posing as non-Jewish refugees until the Soviets liberate Budapest in January 1945. Leslie and all of his siblings joyfully reunite and eventually make their way to pre-state Israel and Canada, where they rebuild their lives. In Montreal, Leslie meets his wife, Annie, who has a survival story of her own. In Tapestry of Survival the voices of Leslie, his sisters and Annie are woven together into a larger tale of courage, resilience and the search for healing.
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About the Author
Leslie Mezei (also Laszló, Laci) was born on July 9, 1931, in Gõdõllõ, Hungary. His town was invaded by the Nazis in 1944, and his family separated. In 1948 Leslie arrived in Canada, and he eventually became a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto. Leslie lives in Toronto, where he is involved in a global interfaith and interspiritual movement, the mission of which is to promote a message of unity in diversity,and he published the Interfaith Unity News for a number of years.
Annie Wasserman was born in 1932 in Kolomyja, Poland. After the war, she moved with her family to Romania, Prague and then Paraguay. In 1949, she immigrated to Canada, where she completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto, married Leslie Mezei and had two children. Annie passed away in Toronto in 1977.
Magda (Miriam) Schwarz was born in 1918 in Gõdõllõ, Hungary. After surviving the war with her son, Adam, she moved to British Mandate Palestine in 1947, where she worked as a state comptroller, remarried and had a daughter, Nava. Miriam passed away in Israel in 1997.
Klara Mezei Noy was born in 1920 in Gõdõllõ, Hungary. Klara survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp and moved to Israel, where she had two daughters and worked as an office administrator and taught typing. Klara passed away in Israel in 2001.