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Holocaust survivor to receive honorary doctor of laws at Convocation

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 2:39 PM | By John Chunn

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will present a degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa (LLD) to author, speaker, Holocaust survivor and educator Tibor (Max) Eisen at Convocation on Nov. 27.

The law society awards honorary doctorates each year to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice.

According to the LSO’s press release, Eisen was born into an Orthodox Jewish family with two brothers and a baby sister in Moldava, Czechoslovakia. When he was 10 years old, Hungary occupied Slovakia and eventually in 1944, his family was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau where most of them were immediately murdered in gas chambers.

Eisen survived the concentration camps and the death march in January 1945 to Mauthausen, Melk and Ebensee. He was liberated by the American 761st Black Panther Tank Battalion on May 6, 1945.

In 2015 and 2016, Eisen testified in Germany at the trial of two former Auschwitz guards whom were convicted at their trials.

His memoirs By Chance Alone detail his experiences as a concentration camp survivor.

Convocation begins at 9 am. 

Access to the web cast will be available on the morning of Nov. 27.

The webcast will be available on-demand at the same link, approximately a week later.