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My Babi Freda and her Story of Surviving Auschwitz

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Zoom Marnie B.

Marnie Bondar grew up well-fed on chicken soup and extraordinary stories of survival and heroism. She maintained a tight bond with her Babi, Freda Plucer, until Freda’s death in January of 2020. The two shared a lifelong commitment to standing up to intolerance and discrimination. After completing degrees in Honours English with Psychology, and obtaining her LLB, Marnie practiced law in Edmonton for many years before becoming Mediation Coordinator for the Alberta Mediation Project for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. She has always been committed to Holocaust education in both Calgary and Edmonton; once Freda was no longer able to share her experiences from the Holocaust, Marnie stepped in to speak as part of the Second Voices Project. Marnie has spoken to thousands of students across Alberta for the last five years and considers it an incredible honour to bring her Babi’s history to today’s youth. 


As the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, Marnie Bondar grew up well-fed on chicken soup and extraordinary stories of survival and heroism.  A tight bond with her grandmother, Freda Plucer, remained until Freda’s death in January 2020 and the two shared a lifelong commitment to standing up to intolerance and discrimination. While Freda can no longer personally share her experiences from the Holocaust, including life in the ghetto and in the Auschwitz concentration camp, Marnie considers it an incredible honour to continue to share her Babi Freda’s story.