Bill Nightingale was born in 1924 in Klobuck, Poland, the youngest of seven children. He lived a comfortable life with his large, loving family. Prior to the war, Bill worked as an apprentice in his father’s shoe-making shop. During the Holocaust, Bill endured unimaginable horrors in five different slave labor camps. He lost most of his family and all his possessions.
In 1947, two years after the war ended, Bill was granted the right to emigrate from Poland to Canada. Not knowing a word of English and with only the clothes on his back, he began to rebuild his life. He temporarily settled in Northern Ontario where he worked as a manual woodcutter.