Paul Herczeg (Herzeg)

Funeral Service: Monday, May 11, 2020
Private graveside service took place
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Montreal Holocaust Museum, (514) 345-2605. 

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Anna Zuckerman - 6 days ago

Dear Ina and family, I was saddened to hear the news of Paul leaving us. I had such a touching experience working with him on his memoirs, an intimate and some days difficult, replay of the terror he lived through and was committed to share. He was so inspirational, always had a positive attitude, a courteous demeanor, a curiosity and passion. He loved to laugh, and he loved to cry. He titled his memoir ‘It feels good to shed a tear’. Paul is an esteemed legacy of our Montreal community and I am so fortunate to have known him. I have warm memories sitting together on your tropical balcony, the waterfall a backdrop to our conversations and your elegant cappuccino time-outs.

Bunny Bard - 7 days ago

Dear Lynn, I hope you remember us Langburts from across the street on Choquette . We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Also terribly sorry that you won’t be able to be consoled by all kinds of people coming to share their stories and find memories . Be well and have strength .

Gail (Schaffer) Golberg - 8 days ago

Dear Lynn, I was sorry to hear about the passing of your dear father. It sounds like after enduring such loss he went on to lead a very full and happy life. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. All the best, Gail (Schaffer) Golberg

Monica and Jeff Sholzberg - 9 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, please accept our most sincere condolences on your loss. May your many beautiful memories give you comfort during this difficult time.

Esther Shainblum - 9 days ago

Dear Lynn and Family: I was so sorry to hear that your father was ill and then that he had passed away. I always kept up with him through my mother, who considered him to be one of her best friends, going back to when they first met as young survivors of the Holocaust. He (and you) always seemed like extended family to me. He was a dear friend to my mother, who will miss him greatly, and he did so much for Holocaust education and the Jewish community. May his memory be for a blessing and may you know no more sorrow. All the best, Esther Shainblum

Nancy Wiseman - 10 days ago

Dear Lynn: My sincere condolence on the passing of your father. I have wonderful memories of you and your parents as neighbours growing up. Then getting to see his always smiling face for several years at the JGH. He had a beautiful heart and soul that he shared with everyone. He will be greatly missed. All the best to you and your family.

Charlotte and Hy Crystal - 11 days ago

Dear Lynn: We are very sorry to learn about Paul's passing. It has been years that we haven't seen him, but we have fond memories of him and Judy as our very good neighbours on Pineview Rd. Also, I recently read The Montreal Shtetl where I was pleasantly surprised to find Paul's stories. My family came to Montreal during the second wave of immigration and can relate very much to his experiences and to the others. May memories of his laughter and infectious smile comfort you and your family. Charlotte ad Hy Crystal North Vancouver, BC

Freda and Stan Solman - 11 days ago

Dear Lynn, Jeremy and Ariel. Our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear father and grandfather. Your beautiful eulogy captured his life so well. What a remarkable man! May your wonderful memories of him remain deep in your heart. Freda and Stan

Stacey Zembrzycki - 12 days ago

Although many of us who worked on Refugee Boulevard have collaborated with local survivors for over ten years, it was only over the last two years that we had the good fortune of meeting Paul and befriending him. We all quickly came to love everything about him, including his warmth, kindness, sense of humour, and devotion to understanding the past. It is devastating to think of a world without this man. Paul was deeply connected to our goal of bringing his and other survivors’ postwar stories about settling in Montreal to life. The Mile End and Plateau neighbourhoods he called home in those early years brought him a sense of hope, served as a place for him to reinforce old friendships as well as new ones, and provided him with the skills and networks he needed to move forward from the destruction of the Shoah. These stories also brought him so much joy and pleasure. Despite health challenges, Paul signed up to participate in our project the moment we asked for his help. He never hesitated and was generous with his time and memories. He met with us for hours to share his stories, he let us drive him around his old neighbourhood where he showed us the places that mattered most to him, and he and his best friend Ted Bolgar graciously led a group of international scholars on a bus tour that laid the foundations for our project. Paul was front and centre when we launched Refugee Boulevard in September 2019, beaming and surrounded by his family of both blood relatives and fellow survivors. It was a special day that none of will ever forget, a highlight of our careers as oral and public historians. Paul gifted us with his stories. They are powerful, unforgettable, and will live on as they continue to be shared through our walk. We offer our deepest condolences to Ina, Lynn, and members of the Herczeg family, all of whom Paul spoke about lovingly as we got to know him better. May his memory be a blessing. With much love and gratitude, Stacey, Nancy, Eszter, Anna, and Phil

Debra Ikeman Caron - 12 days ago

Dear Lynn: I met you 13 years ago just before my sister Lori passed away. You and Lori had such a lovely bond which went back many years. So sorry to read of your dad's passing. It sounds like he was a remarkable man. Your tribute to him is beautiful and fascinating for those who never met him. May those precious memories sustain you during this most difficult time.

Tamara Revesz - 12 days ago

Paul will forever be in our memories and hearts. He was such a genuine and generous soul. His warmth and positivity drew people in and brought much comfort and joy to all those around him. We love and will miss you so much.

Rebecca & Harvey Lyman - 12 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, our deepest condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather. May your cherished memories keep you strong during this difficult time.

Jeffrey Brock - 12 days ago

What an amazing man! Truly a loss for all of us! My condolences to all who knew and loved him!

Louis Grossbaum - 13 days ago

Lynn my deepest sympathies to you and the family on the loss of your father. As you know your mother , Judy, worked for me for many years and during that time I got to know your father. However I never really knew his life story which was an amazing story . I know know how lucky you were to have such wonderful parents. I have many good memories of your mother’s years with our firm and how she was always concerned for your father and you. Now I know why. May you all be spared of any further sorrow

Rhonda Weiner - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn ... sending our deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. Your dad was so special. Fondly, Rhonnie and my dad Norman Weiner

Helen & Sam Lang - 13 days ago

Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Paul. We have lots of memories of Paul & Judy as wonderful neighbours many years ago.

Zina Freedman - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn & family, Its been a long time since we have seen each other and so sorry to read about your dad. Paul sounded like quite an extraordinary man who touched the lives of many. Keep your beautiful memories close to your heart, they will give you comfort. Zina

Beverley Bratt - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your profound loss. I always enjoyed talking with your Dad whenever we would meet at Federation and “catch up” on the Family. Please know you are in our thoughts. In sympathy, Beverley and Stephen Bratt

Iris Levitt - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, Robert and I extend our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved father. Over the years, you shared with us the most amazing stories about your dad. It is abundantly clear that he left an indelible mark on this world. The tributes on this website and on your Facebook page, illustrate what a giant of a man he was! What an immeasurable impact he made on students and people who had the privilege of meeting him and learning about the Holocaust. Robert and I, both know how proud you were of him and how much you loved and respected him. He, in turn, was so lucky to have a wonderful daughter like you! May all the beautiful memories that you hold deep in your heart, sustain you and give you great comfort at this most difficult time. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him. BDH. Iris and Robert

Kathy Faludi - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, my sincere condolences to you on the loss of your father. Even at this sad time it was a joy to read about his many accomplishments. He was an inspiring individual. Cherish your memories.

Joy Etcovitch-Gornitsky - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn, My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. He sounded like an extraordinary man who had an impact on so many.

Jonathan and Liane Freed - 13 days ago

Lynn, We are thinking of you and your family -- wishing you strength as you find your way forward. We hope you will be comforted by a lifetime of wonderful memories. Jonathan, Liane, and family

Viviane Cohen-Krausz - 13 days ago

My most sincere condolences to Paul Herzeg's family. I had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago , when I was teaching at an elementary school in Montreal. As the only Jewish teacher in a mainly Catholic school, I was compelled to add Holocaust education to the unit on Racism I was already teaching. I had the honour of meeting Paul when I requested the visit of a Holocaust survivor from the Museum. His yearly visits to my classes were the highlight of my programme. His incredible patience in answering numerous questions and generosity in sharing traumatic events in his life, left a lasting impression in my students' young minds. His contribution to Holocaust education had an immeasurable impact. May his memory be a blessing . Viviane Cohen-Krausz

Claire Tebeka - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn, My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. You did him justice with the beautiful and heartfelt eulogy you wrote. I remember him fondly … at your kid's birthday parties and special events. Always smiling and looking so happy to be surrounded by his family.

Debbie Caplan - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn, Sending you my deepest condolences on the passing of you father. Your tribute to your father was so deeply heartfelt and gave us all a beautiful insight to his life and what a exceptional man he was.

Sharon Klar - 13 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, My sincere condolences on your loss. May you be spared further sorrows. Sharon

Muriel Abitbol - 13 days ago

Dear Lynne and family, I remember fondly your beloved parents from many years ago when I used to babysit for you, sending you my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved father, may your fond memories be a source of comfort during this sad time.

Claire & Abe Trachtenberg - 13 days ago

Dear Ina & Lynn: Deeply saddened to hear of Paul's passing.He was a true gentleman and Abe enjoyed the discussions he had with him. May all the memories you shared sustain you at this difficult time.

Josette Celestin - 14 days ago

A Lynn , Mes sincères sympathies. Je suis heureuse d'avoir connu votre père Paul, qui était un être extraordinaire . Vous avez hérité de certaines de ses qualités. Votre pere vous adorait, parlait de vous avec fierte. Suis aussi heureuse de vous avoir rencontré. Quel beau cadeau pour vous et pour lui de l'avoir accompagné dans les derniers instants de sa vie. Bon courage!

Brahm Steinberg - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. I worked with Paul during his years at Miracle Mart. He was a very fine gentleman. Brahm Steinberg

Rob Hanson - 14 days ago

What a fascinating man. What a fascinating journey. What a fascinating life. Wow!

Sam Szlamkowicz - 14 days ago

One of the finest human beings I had the privilege to know and to work with. A real mensch My sincerest condolences to his whole family

Niecie & Norm Levi - 14 days ago

Lynn, You have shared a long & rich history with your dad. His absence will leave a large void in your life. Our condolences to you and the family. Niecie & Norman

Niecie & Norman Levi - 14 days ago

Miklos Fulop and Daniele Bourassa - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, Robert, Judy and family It was with great sadness that we learned of Paul’s passing. He was a good man who loved life. We would like to express our sincere condolences to all of you.

Mona & Brian Strasser - 14 days ago

Hi Ina and Lynn, on behalf of our family, we wanted to extend our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. When my Dad called to tell me the news, we could not believe it. Paul was such a good friend to my Dad and I (Brian) remember him all the way from my youth. Paul always had a great sense of humour and it was always a pleasure to speak with him. We were so fortunate to have known him. And, I am so glad we got to see him and talk with him not so long ago at the launch of the Refugee Boulevard Audio Walk. Paul will forever be in our minds and hearts and, we wish you strength during these difficult and challenging times. We are thankful for the great memories!

Chana Perlstein - 14 days ago

Dear Olga and family of Mr. Herczeg I was very sorry to hear the news of Mr. Herczeg’s passing. It was a privilege to know him. What a wonderful person he was. His ability to share his war time experiences was incredible. It is this gift he left to everyone who knew him and to the many he shared this with. After all he went through and he kept his strength, warmth and sense of humour. Your devotion and care to your husband was very special. May all the good memories help you through this difficult time. "May G-d comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem." Chana Perlstein

Chana Perlstein - 14 days ago

Arlene Lutter - 14 days ago

Dearest Lynn, I do not know you . I have never met your Dad but after reading your extraordinarily beautiful and informing eulogy I felt compelled to write to you to honour your Dad and to express my most profound sympathies at his passing . Paul Herszok was a giant if a man , a survivor of the darkest period of man’s inhumanity who bore this inhumanity of suffering and turned it into a life filled with love , laughter and humanity . Last week I pulled out from my home library Man’s Search for Meaning ... Vicktor Frankel . I had read it many years ago as a MCGill student but somehow in these trying times I felt I needed to read it again . Your account of your dads life before and after the Holocaust is reflected in the pages of this 20’th century masterpiece . I wish I had had the honour and privilege to know your dad . May you find solace in the memories and in his love. teachings and laugher which you will carry deep in your heart . Arlene Lutterv

Linda Dennick - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, Mark and I wish to express our sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Debbie has told me what a wonderful man your father was and your obituary confirms it. Beautifully written, you described a man that you were fortunate to have as a father. I hope that you are getting the support and love you need during this unprecedented time in our lives and that your fond memories of your Dad will bring you much comfort in the days ahead.

Stuart and Lisa Foxman - 14 days ago

So sorry to learn about your loss. What a lovely and moving eulogy on this page. Such a wonderful tribute. We hope that you only have warm memories to comfort you in the days, weeks and years ahead.

Rosemary Thompson - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, Jeremy and Arielle: Your Dad and Grandfather was a very fine man. He loved all of you so much, and inspired me as a young journalist because of his bravery as a young person to survive the Holocaust and to travel to Canada and to Montreal to build a new life. He was always smiling. And he brought much comfort to our family when we tragically lost our youngest son. Through his work with the Holocaust Museum he kept his story and the story of millions of others alive, to fight for human dignity and peace. He is an example to all of us to live our best lives. Much Love to you all, we wish we could hug you all the way from the Canadian Rockies. Rosemary and Family

Marcy Kastner - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.I remember your parents as a wonderful couple.Marcy Kastner

Claire Schmerer Pressman - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn: My sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad.

Raizel Candib - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your beloved father. I had the privilege to meet him many years ago and also the pleasure of having taught you at Wagar High School. Please accept my sincerest condolences on your great loss. May you be comforted by wonderful memories. Raizel Candib

Barbara Weiss - 14 days ago

Dear Herczeg family, I met Paulie during my youth, as my mother Alice Weiss ,z"l was part of their Hungarian Survivors group and also good friends with Teddy Polgar from her youth. She told us many stories, and I remember well that she admired Paulie's good nature and his humour. I remember too how Paul arrived at my home to pay a Shiva call when my mother died, in 2006, especially to see her brother that he was close to, but also to take out a picture that he didn't think I'd have, one from the boat when they were approaching Halifax harbour. My Mom and her siblings had been at Feldafing DP camp too. I was so grateful for the picture ( that I still have displayed) and for his special kindness. His memory is for blessing. Sincere condolences.

Thomas Revesz - 14 days ago

My memories go back to when I was around 12, recent immigrants living on Barclay Avenue and at the time Paul was dating Judy. Paul took Robbie and I to Belmont Park and he gave us $10.00 each to enjoy the rides. When we met up in later years we reminisced about the time at Lac Lachigan we teamed up to beat the young guys in a game of head soccer. Only good memories.

Hershey and Goldie Warshawsky - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He brings back good memories of earlier days and he will be missed by all who knew him. May his memory be a blessing to you in this time of grief. Goldie and Hershey Warshawsky

Alan Williams - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn and Family, I was so sad to learn of the passing of your father. He was a truly extraordinary man and it was a privilege to have known him. Please accept my sincerest condolences at this difficult time. Alan Williams and Family.

Natalie Revesz-Sidnam - 14 days ago

Sending our deepest condolences to you Lynn and the whole family. I have many memories of his bright smile and eyes, and a genuine interest in people around him. Mike's parents still talk about their day trip to Montreal and how your Dad and Ina took them to the Ritz Carlton for high tea. He went out of his way to create an extraordinary experience for people he only met once. With our love, Natalie and Mike Revesz-Sidnam

Eva and Gobby Fulop - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved father. Wishing you much strength, courage and the happiest of memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gobby add Eva Fulop

Montreal Holocaust Museum - 14 days ago

We are deeply sadden to hear of the passing of our dear Paul Herczeg z’l, a pillar of our Museum. Paul was a founding member as well as an outstanding and active speaker for many years. He was fiercely dedicated to promoting respect for humanity and the sanctity of all human life. Through his powerful testimonies, great warmth, and exceptional sense of humour, Paul had a significant impact on countless students, teachers, journalists, and Museum members over the years. He was a deeply devoted friend of the Museum who gave selflessly of his time and actively contributed to the success of many commemorations and other events. Paul’s recent involvement in the Refugee Boulevard project and virtual exhibits along with his steadfast participation in annual Roma Genocide commemorations underscored his unwavering support for our human rights mission. During these difficult times, we look to Paul as the embodiment of hope, courage, and resilience. Although he leaves us quietly and humbly, at a time where we are unable to fully recognize and pay tribute to him, his name will remain forever in our hearts and in our thoughts. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the volunteers, and the professional team we extend our deepest condolences to his wife and daughter at this time of sorrow. May his memory be a blessing. Dorothy Zalcman Howard, President and Daniel Amar, Executive Director

Gerry Sohmer - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, Such an amazing journey through life. May you cherish your dad in blessed memory d

Eva Verebes - 14 days ago

Dear Family, please accept my deepest sympathy Eva Verebes

Judy Szamosi - 14 days ago

Our deepest condolences to the whole family. Judy and John Szamosi

Andy Cherniak - 14 days ago

Dear Ina and Family. I only had the pleasure of meeting this extraordinary man once. He was a larger then life personality. This was a man who influenced many people- people he was close to and future generations about surviving the holocaust. He lived his life with great dignity and I know his loss leaves a large hole for all of you. May his memory be a blessing. My deepest condolences to all of you and I am thinking of the family.

Sharon and Paul Levine - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn and family, We were saddled to learn of the passing of your beloved father, Paul. He seemed to have been an incredibly strong and vibrant person., whom we are sorry that we never had the chance to meet. May it be of some comfort for you to know that our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Marianne Constantine - 14 days ago

Dear Ina and Dear Lynn First of all thank you for providing all of us and many readers ,Paul's fantastic journey of life here in his obituary . He was a very supportive and proud father of Lynn and the grandchildren, a loving husband of Judy and over the past years a loving proud and admiring husband of Ina of who was by his side and looked after him over these past few difficult years with grace and love. We shall all miss Paul there were laugh filled lunches at the Cummings Centre "the soup kitchen" this was an inside joke. There were trips back to Budapest and many other occasions to be with him and his friends. My deepest condolences to Lynn and to Ina. May you be spared any further sorrow.

Beth and Peter Stutman - 14 days ago

Olga, we are so saddened by this news . What a great man ! What privilege it was to know him , listen to his stories , learn from his wisdom and be blessed by his good energy . He left such a huge footprint on this earth . He set the bar so high for all of us to emulate . We are with you in spirit . Beth and Peter

Morris and Eleanor Givner - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn and Family: Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Paul.He was much loved and deeply respected as a father,husband,grandfather,friend and who remembered and wrote of the Holocaust for future generations.The memory of Paul will be forever cherished by those privileged to know him. Morris and Eleanor Givner,Halifax,N.S.

George Vero - 14 days ago

We just lost a good man. Marika and George (Gyuri)

Elaine - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, So sorry to hear about your Dad. I never met him but heard wonderful things about him. I know how much you love him and will miss him. You have wonderful memories of your dad and that is so special. Elaine Lang

Josie D’Aguanno - 14 days ago

Dear Lynn, our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear Dad. I cherish the moments when we were neighbours and remember fondly your parents. Josie, Adam and Lisa Pupil.