And that is what happened. The Gold family and the Jewish couple hid together for two years in a farmer’s barn, David’s place a tiny, cold crawl space that was devoid of sunlight.
In 1948, after several years in a DP camp, David, 18, disembarked in Halifax to start a new life in a strange land. Without his family, it was not an easy transition. David lived in Montreal and Winnipeg and, eventually, settled in Toronto.
In 1958, David married Esther Eisenstat, who has been his devoted wife for 57 years. David became a skilled cutter in the garment industry, which led him to start his own successful business, Golden Bay Sportswear, in 1973. He ran it for 40 years and employed over 20 people until he retired three years ago. David and Esther have two sons, Ari and Doron, and five grandchildren. Sadly, they lost their middle son, Jordan, to leukemia at the age of four.
David speaks about his experiences at schools and synagogues and, this fall, will be releasing his book, Hidden Gold, where the fascinating tale of his survival is recounted.