Edward Fisch was the eldest of two sons, born on January 16, 1933, to Sarolta and Ignatz Fisch. They lived a modest life in a one-bedroom walk-up together with his grandparents. Edward’s grandparents had a fruit stand, and his father peddled fabric remnants. When the Nazis came, his father was taken, never to be seen again, as was his grandfather; his mother was sent to Auschwitz. Edward took care of his younger brother and grandmother, sleeping on a table in the ghetto, eating flour with glass remnants, and more often going without.
Edward came to Canada with his brother under the orphan program with absolutely nothing. His mother followed later. Edward married Sylvia Starkman in 1955, and together they have two children, five grandchildren, and one granddaughterin-law. Edward worked hard, built a business, and achieved the “Canadian dream.”