5 2019

From Generation to Generation

10:00AM - 12:00PM  

Bathurst Clark Resource Library 900 Clark Avenue West
Thornhill, ON

Presentation by Survivor Descendant


ALBERT SLIWIN was born in 1931 in Poland. From 1940 to 1942, the Sliwin family lived in the ghetto "Rava Mazowiecki" and from 1942 until 1945 the family hid from the Nazis in barns, on top of stables, in fields and forests. Shortly before liberation, Albert and his family were taken from their hiding spot, were forced to lie naked in the snow, and then their father was shot in the head. After liberation, they returned to their hometown, then fled to Lodz,  moved to Germany, and then to France. In 1951, the Sliwin family immigrated to Canada. Albert married, had two daughters, and now has five grandchildren, and five great granddaughters. Albert is still very energetic and goes to work every single day. He is committed to charitable giving and is very proud to be Canadian. His history is presented by his oldest granddaughter, Ashley Steinhauer Otto.


Ashley Steinhauer Otto is the Chief Operating Officer at FayLaura Investments, a real estate development and property management company in Toronto, Canada. Ashley holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Ryerson University. Ashley enjoys participating in charitable and community initiatives. She was the founding Chair of Future Sinai for 6 years, she Co-Founded The Dialogue Projects, and has sat on multiple charitable committees.  Ashley is honoured to be a part of the Carrying Testimony from Generation to Generation project and feels privileged to share the story of her grandfather Albert Sliwin, with whom she works alongside every day. She is married and a mother to two young daughters. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.