Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman, who spent the last 30 years speaking to young people about his experience in concentration camps, has died.
Riteman’s obituary says he passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning in Halifax at the age of 96.
Riteman was born in Poland. When he was a teenager, his family was captured by the Nazis. He became prisoner 98706 and was held captive in numerous camps including Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Dachau.
After the war, he made his way to surviving relatives in Newfoundland, where he built an import trading company. He eventually expanded his operations to Halifax in 1979.
But it wasn’t until 1988 that he started speaking about his experience in concentration camps, to counter claims that what the Nazis had done was exaggerated.
Riteman received a number of honours during his lifetime. Among them, he held an honorary doctorate from Memorial University and was a recipient of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Queen’s service medal.