Survivors' Stories

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel

Eva Shainblum

  • From: Romania (Oradea)
  • Liberated from: Czechoslovakia (Weisswasser Concentration Camp)
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Romania (Oradea)
  • Current Location: Canada (Montreal)

Brief Bio

Eva was born in Oradea, Romania (later Nagyvárad during the Hungarian annexation of Northern Transylvania.) She was 16 years old when her entire family was deported to Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz in 1944, one day after Shavuot. She emigrated to Canada in 1948, settling in Montreal where she worked as a bookkeeper. Eva married Max Shainblum in 1959; they had two children, Esther and Mark Shainblum. Max passed away in 1998. Eva still lives in Montreal, in the same house she and Max bought in 1972.

What does Auschwitz mean to you?

It means the destruction of my whole life and family, and left me alone in the world.

My message for future generations is…

Never to forget, and to keep to reminding the world of the suffering of our generation of Jews.

Who will be accompanying you on this journey?

Esther was my first child, named after my mother and sister who both perished in the Holocaust. She is a lawyer with a master’s degree in health law.  She has worked in government, was general counsel and chief privacy officer for a large Canadian health care charity for a number of years and is currently in private practice in Ottawa, Canada, specializing in charity, not-for-profit and privacy law. She is married to Irv Wasserman and they have a daughter, Noa.

*Does not want to be interviewed by the press.