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Death of Martin Gray: souvenirs in the region

martin-gray-venu-shawinigan-2009(Shawinigan) Author Martin Gray, survivor of the holocaust known worldwide thanks to the success of his book On behalf of all my family, died in the night between Sunday and Monday at the age of 93. The writer of Polish origin has left its mark everywhere, even in the region. He was especially come in Shawinigan in 2009, at the invitation of Isabelle Saint-Hilaire, then pedagogical counselor in high school Val-Mauricie.

Having herself been marked by the reading of the name of all the mine in sixth grade, Ms. Saint-Hilaire was accustomed to speak of this book to his students while teaching.

In 2008, on learning of the importance of the suicide rate in Mauricie, she thought of Martin Gray as speaker who could come deliver a strong message of hope to young people.

The Shawiniganaise Marrtin Gray wrote to invite him to give a lecture in Shawinigan. The writer reminded her home, and was convinced.

He arrived at Isabelle Saint-Hilaire April 26, 2009, slept with her, and has delivered his message the day before 2,000 people – students of Val-Mauricie and members of the public – at Shawinigan Space to start the day- even.

Ms. St. Hilaire has the memory of a man “very, very simple” and generous with the public came to listen. It obviously also retains the strength and determination of this man who lived his share of trials. “We lost a good ambassador of life,” Does summarizes Ellea

Gary Martin was born in Poland on April 27, 1922. During the invasion of Poland by the Nazis, he was deported to the Treblinka camp, where his mother and two brothers perished. He managed to flee the camp and joined the Red Army until the end of the war. He later lived in the United States and in France, and ended his days in Belgium.

More details on his passage to Shawinigan in Le Nouvelliste on 26 April.

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