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Benji’s Village

Submitted by the Children's Hospital Foundation

Persistent mouth sores at age three. At age eight severe nausea started. And when their youngest son Benji was 12, the bleeding began. As each symptom showed up, they were given seemingly sound reasons such as a stomach virus or puberty, but local parents Jessica and Joel Cogan were naturally left worried.

Nancy Spielberg produces fascinating film about Israeli photographer

World renowned wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum (right)

Watch a video trailer of  “PICTURE OF HIS LIFE” (Directors: Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin Hey Jude Productions Playmount Productions– Executive Producer: Nancy Spielberg 2019) here:
Review/Interview By Martin Zeilig
At one point in this remarkable and awe-inspiring documentary film, world renowned Israeli wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum is interviewed while sitting on a rock on the barren shores of Baker Lake, Nunavut.

Harrowing tale of Polish resistance fighter who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz

"The Volunteer" author Jack Fairweather

“The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army, And The Secret Mission To Destroy Auschwitz” by Jack Fairweather
Review/Interview by Martin Zeilig
“When God created the human being, God had in mind that we should all be like Captain Witold Pilecki, of blessed memory.” Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich.
“Witold Pilecki volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz,” writes author Jack Fairweather in the introduction to “The Volunteer”.

How the Royal Winnipeg Rifles managed to enlist a stateless Jew into their ranks while fighting in the Netherlands

Hans Wolpe - a German Jew made stateless under the Nazis, Wolpe wanted to help the Winnipeg Rifles kill German soldiers in order to avenge his family, most of whom were murdered at Auschwitz

Recently, we were contacted by reader Gerry Finkle, who asked me whether I would be interested in meeting him at the Minto Armory – which is the home of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles militia.
Gerry said to me that inside the Armory there was a museum documenting the history of the Rifles. He also told me that the curator of the museum had assembled a special temporary exhibit about one particular man whose life happened to intersect with the lives of many soldiers in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles during World War II.

Free Press dedicated canabis reporter Solomon Israel has deep roots in Winnipeg


Solomon Israel

Although relatively new to Winnipeg, Winnipeg Free Press cannabis specialist Solomon Israel has deep family roots in our community. While he was born and raised in Boston, both of his parents - Linda Matchan and the late Dr. David Israel, were originally from our community.

Rabbi Norman Fredman was here for only eight years - from 1958-66, but left a huge impression

Rabbi Norman Fredman (1964 "Legacy" yearbook photo)

Introduction: From 1958-1966 Rabbi Norman Fredman, along with his wife Micheline and four children - Aryeh, Yonah, Batsheva, and Tova, lived in Winnipeg. Though here only for eight years, Rabbi Fredman left an indelible impression on many Winnipeggers - especially among students at the former Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, where Rabbi Fredman was assistant principal.