Hometowns of Canadian Jewish Military Graves in Normandy, France from the Second World War

                       
Name
Age
Rank
Death /burial
TORONTO
1.
George Meltz
Son of Nathan and Rachel Meltz. His tombstone reads “ He died so world Jewry should suffer no more.”
25
Bombardier, Royal Canadian Artillery
July 8, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
2.
Abraham B. Cohen
Son of Jack and Betsy Cohen; husband of Bessie Cohen, of Toronto,
45
Private, Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps
Aug 20, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
3.
David D. Goldsmith
Son of Reuben and Rose Goldsmith
23
Private, North Nova Scotia Highlanders
July 8, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
4.
Fred B. Harris
(Holy Blossom Synagogue)
Sgt Fred B. Harris- was one of the closest friends of the late Canadian federal politician Barney Danson. In an interview with CBC, Danson says Harris “was killed right on the beach. He hardly got out of the landing craft.”(CBC.ca)
23
Sergeant, Queen’s Own Rifles
June 6, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
5.
Frank Silverberg
Son of Abraham and Ida Silverberg
21
Trooper, First Hussars, Canadian Armoured Corps
June 11, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer

6.
Irving Percival Weingarten
26
Captain, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
July 13, 1944 Beny-sur-Mer
7.
Jules Freedman
24
Lieutenant, 1st Canadian Hussars tank troop
Aug 14, 1944 by a sniper, Falaise pocket. Bretteville-sur- Laize
8.
Isadore I. Gimple
Sister Gert lived at 41 Dundurn Street.
Private, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
Aug 12, 1944, Bretteville-sur-Laize
9.
Albert A. Tweyman
Son of Harry and Rose Tweyman of Toronto. One of 8 children. Brother Private Jack Tweyman. Worked for the Daily Hebrew Journal before he enlisted.
24
Bombardier, Essex Scottish Regiment
August 08, 1944, Bretteville-sur-Laize
10.
Richard Kenilworth Steele Married to Mrs. Esther Steele.
Lance Corporal Governor General’s Foot Guards (Canadian Armoured Corps.)
Aug 17, 1944, Bayeux Memorial Panel
11.
Morris M. Lozdon
Son of Hyman and Elizabeth Lozdon, of Toronto, Ontario; husband of Mary Lozdon, father of Ronald, Barbara and Stanley. He took commando training and participated in raids against Germans in Boulogne and Dieppe, capturing some prisoners. Before the war he worked at a model airplane company.
32
Private Royal Regiment of Canada.
Aug 19, 1942, Dieppe war Cemetery. Hautot-sur- Mer
12.
Paul Magner
Son of Morris and Bertha Magner, of Toronto, Ontario; husband of P. L. Magner.
23
Private, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
Aug 19, 1942, Dieppe War Cemetery
13
Mervyn K. Emsig
Son of Max and Lena Emsig
He had completed six missions before he went missing.
20
Flying Officer Royal Canadian Air Force 88 Squadron
Sept 9, 1944, Leubringhen Pas-de-Calais
14.
Simon Green
Son of Gittel Green. He was from Toronto, Ont. died of wounds sustained at Dieppe, whilst a POW.
22
Private Royal Canadian Regiment
Aug 19, 1942 (Pas-de-Calais, Leubringhen,
15.
Morris Greenberg
Son of Samuel and Yetta Greenberg, Winnipeg. Enlisted on the second day of the war, went to Iceland, then to England. Active with YMHA. Before the war worked with a shirt and neckwear firm. Yiddish Poet. Killed evacuating wounded. In Dieppe Frederick Griffin, war correspondent for the Toronto Star, wrote of Sergeant Greenberg: “During the Dieppe raid, Sergeant Morris Greenberg… won the praise of his officers and fellow soldiers after he helped many wounded companions safely back from battle under intense fire.” A brother, Sergeant Irving Greenberg, served overseas with the 48th Highlanders and later with an anti-aircraft unit, which downed a number of German planes.
24
Sergeant Royal Regiment of Canada
Aug 19, 1942, Dieppe, Hautot-sur-Mer
16.
Meyer Greenstein
Born and educated in Montreal.
Shot down and presumed missing.
U of T alumnus. An award is given to the student who shows writing excellence. Greenstein was the class of 1940. Was a skilled athlete, and wrote for the U of T Varsity newspaper.
Flight Sergeant, RCAF, 103 squadron.
Jan 7, 1945, Munster Communal Cemetery (Coll. Grave) Haut-Rhin
17.
Solomon Kay
Son of Louis and Bella Kay, of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of Ralph, Rachmael, and Joseph. Attended Central Technical School. To honour the memory of Pilot Officer Kay and pay homage to their allies, the municipality of Bermering and the local committee of ‘Le Souvenir Français’ plan to erect a monument in the middle of the village, at the very spot of impact. He was an upholstery cutter before the war, athletic
22
Pilot Officer Royal Canadian Air Force
405 Squadron
(Flew Lancaster bombers and Pathfinders)
Feb 24, 1944, missing in action.
Bermering (Bermerange) Communal Cemetery (grave 2) Moselle
18.
Julius Kramer
Son of Mr. Simon and Ruth Kramer.
Attended Harbord Collegiate.
22
Pilot Officer Royal Canadian Air Force
Missing, presumed dead, 1944, June 25 Longueval Somme
19.
Lionel B.  Cohen
Son of Nathan and Ray Cohen, of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of R. Cohen. Participated in  the first Jewish religious services in Iceland
Command. (Journalist Joe King’s cousin from Montreal CJA.) In the insurance business.
30
Private Royal Regiment of Canada/Commandos
Aug 19, 1942,
Dieppe Hautot-les-Basques
KITCHENER, Ont.
1
Lawrence A. Reider
23
Private, Essex Scottish Regiment
July 18, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
2.
Sam Harry A. Roseman (Rosenman)
Son of Mrs. Bessie Roseman.
Lance Corporal Essex Scottish Regiment
Died July 30 1944, buried Cintheax, near Bretteville
HAMILTON
1
Arthur Osher Lewis
Husband of Clara Rose Lewis, of Hamilton, Ontario
25
Private, Lincoln and Welland Regiment
Aug 2, 1944, Buried Cintheaux Cemetery, near Bretteville
ANSONVILLE, Northern Ontario
1.
Arthur B. Crotin
Son of Harry and Sonia Crotin, of Ansonville
His brother, Lance-Bombardier Walter Joseph Crotin, died in 1943 of illness while training in Canada.
22
Signalman, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
Aug 23, 1944,
Bayeaux Cemetery
LONDON, ONT
1.
Nathan Tafler
Son of Reuven and Charna Tafler
21
Rifleman, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.
June 8, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer,
NORTH BAY, ONTARIO
1.
2.
Sidney Brown
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Brown. (Brother of Zave Brown, 19, who died in March 1945 in the Netherlands, of wounds, in hospital, while serving with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.)
Sidney was shot down in a French churchyard returning from a bombing missing over Stuttgart.
25
Air Bomber, Flying Officer, RCAF
420 Snowy Owl Squadron
April 15, 1943.
Mesnil St. Laurent Churchyard
EDMONTON
1.
Morley Bernard Wachnow
Son of Nathan Wachnow, and of Sarah Wachnow,
22
Sergeant, The Black Watch of Canada (RHR)
Killed July 28 1944, buried Bretteville sur Laize
ESTEVAN, SASKATCHEWAN
1
Jacob Barney Mandel
28
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
August 14, 1944 Beny-sur-Mer
MARKINCH, SASK.
1
Jack L Faibish
Son of Mr. And Mrs. Aaron Faibish. Sask. Government named a bay after him Faibish Bay. He was posthumously awarded the Certificate of Good Service by Field Marshal Lord Montgomery of Errigal. His brother, Max, served with the R.C.A.F. in Bombay, India.
Lance Sergeant, Royal Canadian Artillery
July 28, 1944
Bretteville-sur-Laize 
PARKERVIEW, SASK
1
Leizer Heifetz
Nephew of Mrs. Malka Lowe, Melville, Sask.
33
Private Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
1942, Aug 19, missing, presumed dead. Leubringhen Pas-de-Calais
WINNIPEG
1.
Israel Freedman
In a letter of condolence to Mrs. Freedman, Company Quartermaster Sergeant B. Rosen, wrote: “Izzy, like other Jewish boys, had something more to fight for, a greater cause, and please console yourself with these few words. We over here are all ready to give our lives that others may live! It is a duty not only to King and Country, but to the Jewish people the world over.” Rifleman Freedman was born in Minsk, Russia.
21
Rifleman, Royal Winnipeg Rifles
July 5, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
2.
Yude Brownstone
(buried beside Israel Freedman)
20
Rifleman, Royal Winnipeg Rifles
July 4, 1944
Beny-sur-Mer
3.
David Charles Cramer
son of Oscar and Becky Cramer, of Winnipeg, he was 23.
Trooper, 10th Armoured Regiment, Fort Garry Horse
July 6, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
4.
Harry Segal
Son of Charles and Sarah Segal (he was married)
25
Rifleman, Royal Winnipeg Rifles
June 8, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
5.
Abram H. Arbour
Son of Nathan and Etta Arbour; husband of Clarice May Arbour, of Newhaven, Sussex, England. Had one daughter. He was awarded the Military Cross, according to a Department of National Defence release of February 6, 1945. The citation accompanying the award read: “During the night of August 7, 1944, an infantry regiment attacked and captured the town of Fonteney-le-Marmion. On consolidation one of the companies was allotted the defence of the northern section of the town in the vicinity of battalion headquarters. During the early hours of the morning, August 8, the enemy shelled and mortared the town very heavily. The company commander was wounded and C.S.M. Arbour immediately took over command of the company and completed reorganization of the defence position. At approximately 8 a.m. an enemy counterattack in some strength moved against the company position. This attack was pinned down by small-arms fire, and C.S.M. Arbour personally formed and led a counterattack force to mop up the enemy. With utter disregard for personal danger and with absolute confidence he formed a composite force. Under covering fire from 11 and 12 platoons, they assaulted and killed or captured the enemy force that threatened his company position. C.S.M. Arbour, by his speed in handling a difficult situation, and his superb courage, was directly responsible for the battalion holding and consolidating the objective.” He enlisted with the Canadian Army on September 11, 1939, and went overseas on Aug. 24, 1940. He took part in the fighting at Caen and Dieppe.
27
Warrant Officer, Second Class, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Aug 23, 1944 at Falaise. Buried Cintheax, Bretteville
6.
Louis H. Blatt (Blattin)
Private, North Shore New Brunswick Regiment
Aug 8, 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville.
7.
Lawrence Cohen
Son of Isaac and Anne Cohen, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
22
Lieutenant, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (UK) on loan
July 8, 1944.
Cintheaux, Bretteville
8.
William Harvey Dubinsky Son of Son of Shiyah Dubinsky, and of Reva Dubinsky
30
Private, Calgary Highlanders,
Aug 13, 1944 Cintheaux, Bretteville
9.
Harry L. Marantz
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Marantz. He was a doctor. He was mentioned in Dispatches. His son Denis Marantz lives in PEI. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/historic/32003504.html
Captain, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Aug 14, 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville
10.
Mortimer Samuel Max Sucharov,
Son of Harry and Sophie Sucharov
29
Flying Officer, RCAF
December 02 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville
11.
Louis Paul
Son of Mr and Mrs Isaac/Irving and Sarah Paul
29
Private, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.
Aug 9, 1944, Bayeux British War Cemetery.
12.
Joseph Shore
Son of Abraham and Rebecca Shore
Killed in action in Belgium.
36
Rifleman Royal Winnipeg Riffles
Sept 27, 1944, (6. C. 3.) Pas-de-Calais,
13.
Morris Marvin Soronow
Son of Max and Riva Soronow, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. LL.D. (University of Manitoba).
Tombstone says: “Here lies one of the Jewish faith”. He gave his life for his God, his people and country.”
An honours graduate in law, member of the Montefiore club, which has established a law prize in his honour.
He met his death when the platoon he commanded was crossing the Seine on the way to Rouen and ran into a German machine gun nest. Lieutenant Soronow had gone on ahead to find a more advantageous position for his men when he was struck down. However, he managed to warn his platoon to fall back
33
Lieutenant, Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Aug 28, 1944, Leubringhen (2. A. 6.) Pas-de-Calais
14.
Alan Rodd
Son of Samuel and Annie Rodnunsky (Edmonton)
Flight Sergeant, RCAF
90 Squadron
June 10, 1944, Beroud La Moulottiere,
Missing.
MONTREAL
Death/burial
1.
Joseph E. Gertel
22
Private, North Nova Scotia Highlanders
July 8, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
2.
George D. Holidenke (Holden)
Son of Morris and Yetta Holidenke
29
Guardsman, 22nd Armoured Regiment, Canadian Grenadier Guards
Aug 10, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
3.
Fred Pascal
Son of J. Pascal, from J. Pascal Hardware Company
34
2nd survey regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
Aug 8, 1944, Beny-sur-Mer
4
Archie Adelman
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alec Adelman
24
Trooper, 22nd Armoured Division, Canadian Grenadier Guards
Aug 11, 1944, Bretteville-sur-Laize
5
David D Beigleman
Son of Meyer and Ida Beigleman, of Montreal. Member of Hashomer Hatzair and Jewish Public Library.
21
Trooper, New Brunswick Rangers
August 10, 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville
6
Muni D. Erlick
38
Private, Canadian Armoured Corps.
Aug 20, 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville
7
Issie D. Elias
Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Elias
24
Gunner, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders
Aug 13 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville
8
Donald D. Gaskin
Son of Samuel and Gertie Gaskin, of Montreal. His older brother Signalman Jack Gaskin was killed May 10, 1945 and is buried in Holland. Another brother served with the RCAF in Italy.
27
Private, The Black Watch RHR
Aug 8, 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville
9.
Reuben D. Gorodetsky
Son of Mrs. G. Gorodetsky of Jeanne Mance Street. Was a member of the Montreal YMHA. He was married and was involved in the labour movement in Montreal fur and leatherworkers union.
26
Acting Corporal, The Black Watch (RHR)
Aug 21, 1944,
Cintheaux, Bretteville
10
Joseph Bernard D. Horn
Son of William Horn, and of Regina Horn, of Montreal, He was a dentist with the Canadian Dental Corps, but changed regiments to serve overseas.
22
Gunner, Royal Canadian Artillery
Aug 8 1944, Cintheaux, Bretteville
11.
David D. Gelman
Ste. Sophie de Lacorne, Quebec.
21
Trooper, 27th Canadian Armoured (Sherbrooke Fusiliers) Regiment
Aug 8, 1944, August 08, Bayeux Memorial Panel, Bayeux
12.
Julius Bendit
33
Trooper, 6th Duke of Connaught’s Royal Canadian Hussars
Reported missing July 27, 1944, tombstone dated April 15, 1945.
Bayeux Memorial Panel, near Bayeux.
13
Nathan Louis R. Berger
Son of Harry and Sarah Berger
He was reported missing on active service on June 6, 1944 and was subsequently reported killed on active service. Warrant Officer Berger was attached to the RAF Transport Command and was engaged in ferrying operations, carrying paratroops to the Caen sector when killed.
22
Warrant Officer First Class, RCAF, 233 Squadron
(Wireless operator/air gunner)
June 6, 1944, Ranville War cemetery.
14
Alex Ellis Flexer
Son of Jacob and Sarah Flexer
24
Lance Corporal, First Canadian parachute Battalion
June 6, 1944, Ranville cemetery.
15.
Louis D. Goldin
Son of Joseph and Annie Goldin,
Killed at his machine gun post covering the evacuation of wounded comrades
25
Private Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal
Aug 19, 1942, Dieppe Hautot-les-Basques
16.
Herman R. Backler
Son of Louis and Gertrude Novich Backler. Attended Baron Byng high school and Sir George Williams College. Member of B’nai Jacob Synagogue and the YMHA.
21
Flight Sergeant Royal Canadian Air Force
576 Sqdn
May 14, 1945, Leubringhen (Pas-de-Calais)
17.
Harry Sager
Son of Moe and Mary Sager. He was a Navigator and his Lancaster bomber, damaged by enemy action, crashed over Varengeville-sur-Mer near Longueil, France. He was a member of the Montreal YMHA
A scholarship in his name was set up for two students in Grade 11 at Baron Byng High school.
23
Flight Sergeant, Royal Canadian Air Force, 78 Squadron.
July 13, 1944
Longueil Churchyard
18.
AARON, Elmer Oscar
Flying Officer Elmer Aaron was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the RCAF in Montreal in March 1942 and received his commission as a flying officer in October 1943 (in England). Flying Officer Aaron had completed 14 missions and had been forced to bail out of his ships twice before his last flight. He was participating in a raid on Tours in France and was about fifteen miles from his objective when his squadron was caught in a concentration of anti-aircraft fire. Four planes were seen to burst into flames, and it was later announced that nine craft of this squadron had failed to return. Son of Harry Aaron and Jeanne Aaron, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23
Flying Officer, RCAF
May 07, 1944
Collective grave
Loiret, France
Orleans Main Cemetery
WINDSOR, Ont.
1.
Samuel A. Berger
Son of Osias and Freda Berger
22
Private, Essex Scottish Regiment
Aug 11, 1942, Dieppe Hautot-les-Basques
2.
Meyer Edsel Schwartz
Son of Samuel and Fannie Schwartz.
    Buried beside his copilot Sergeant Cyril Tongue, 20, a British Air Force Volunteer Reservist. He was listed missing and presumed dead on February 24, 1944, when the plane, which he navigated, was brought down by enemy fire while on a bombing mission over Germany. A memorial service was held at the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue in Windsor.
25
Pilot Officer, RCAF, 405 Squadron
Feb 24, 1944, missing in action.
NOVA SCOTIA
1.
Max J. Samuels
Son of Samuel and Annie Samuels, of New Glasgow. Flight Lieutenant Max Samuels of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, was reported missing after air operations over Germany on June 20, 1943, and was later presumed dead for official purposes. A member of the reserve militia before 1939, Flight Lieutenant Samuels enlisted in the air force in September 1940 and proceeded overseas in September 1941. He participated in bombing attacks on the Italian automobile centre of Turin and in sorties over Cologne, Essen and Dortmund. He received his commission overseas for efficiency, meritorious service and the display of qualities of leadership in the field. At first a wireless operator, he later became a bomb aimer. Three brothers also served in the armed forces: Bandsman Issie Samuels and Sergeant Louis Samuels in the army, and Flying Officer Saul Samuels also in the R.C.A.F.
24
Flight Lieutenant / Warrant Officer, Air Gunner, RCAF, 408 Squadron
Killed June 20 1943 over Germany. Cintheaux, Bretteville
2.
John Orrell Levine
Inverness, Cape Breton Island. Son of Maurice and Lena Levine,
23
Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, he died while serving with the Gloucestershire Regiment as a CANLOAN Officer
July 2 1944, buried Hottot-les-Baques
CALGARY
1
William M Maloff
Son of George and Tanna Maloff, of Calgary, Alberta.
27
Rifleman, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Aug 10 1944,  Cintheaux, Bretteville
EDSON, Alberta
1.
Leonard Gold
Son of William and Pauline Gold; husband of Margaret Ellinor Gold, of Edmonton,
He was reported missing after air operations over Paris on June 8, 1944. Flying Officer Gold enlisted in the air force in August 1942 and after training at Saskatoon, Dafoe and the No. 2 Air Observers School at Edmonton, went overseas in 1943. Three brothers were in the service: Harold Gold in the R.C.N.V.R. and Jack and Charles Gold in the army.
27
Flying Officer, RCAF #78 Squadron
June 8, 1944
Corbeil Communal Cemetery, Essone, France.
OTTAWA
1.
Myer Mike Litwack
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Dora Litwack, of 409 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.
22
Corporal,  4th armoured division, , Troops company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
25 July 1944 , died of his injuries. Beny-sur-Mer
2.
Maurice Glansberg
Son of Menahem-Mendel Glansberg and Chane Glansberg, Saskatchewan named a lake after him Glansberg Lake in 1951.
33
Rifleman, Regina Rifle Regiment.
July 9, 1944, Bayeux Memorial Panel, Bayeux
3.
Jack Spevak
Son of Samuel Spevak of Friel Street. Known as Spev to his mates in the Moose Squadron’s Phillis Crew.
Pilot Officer, RCAF, 419 Squadron.
July 25, 1945, Bassu Communal Cemetery
Regina /Philadephia
1.
Israel Pavelow (Ervin Povol)
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Pavelow, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
One of the 13 Regina Rifles caught and executed near the road in Bretteville, in a war crime that would be later investigated and the subject of the book “Conduct Unbecoming, the Story of the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy,” By Howard Margolin.
31
Corporal, First Battalion Regina Rifles, Royal Canadian Regiment
June 9 1944 (murdered by the SS as a POW 9 June 1944)  Beny-sur-Mer












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