• Born in 1928 in Filipec, a small shtetl in Czechoslovakia( now Pilipets, Ukraine).
  • Youngest child of 7 boys. Both parents died by the time Morrie was 9 years old.
  • Sent to live with grandmother in Novoselytsya, nearby town.
  • Shtetl had approximately 30 Jewish families. Morrie's brothers would often be called to make a minyan at an even smaller shtetl nearby.
  • Three older brothers drafted into Hungarian army and sent to labor camps.
  • In 1939, area where Morrie's shtetl located (Sub Carpathian Rus) was annexed by Hungary. Hungarians deported all Poles back to Poland, including Morrie's grandparents.
  • Hungarian soldiers started to deport Morrie's shtetl but changed their minds at the last minute and brought them back to their village.
  • In 1943, they were transported to a nearby ghetto.
  • After Pesach, transported to Auschwitz with two of his brothers.
  • Another brother switched places with a boy from the same town and because of this switch he was unable to get on a transport that was sent out of Auschwitz to a labor camp.
  • Morrie never got a tattooed number on his arm at Auschwitz.
  • He and five other boys were part of a transport of 500 workers sent to a labor camp near Lansburg, called Kaufering, which was a subcamp of Dachau.
  • In Kaufering, mostly Jewish slave labor built underground factories for fighter aircraft.
  • Morrie remembers digging holes for telephone poles, cables and tunnels and laying train tracks.
  • Liberated by the British in 1945.
  • Returned to Prague, where he met up with a first cousin who had been in Terezinstadt and Auschwitz.
  • Wanted to return to their homes to look for family but heard that non-Jewish neighbors were killing Jewish survivors who returned.
  • Heard that two brothers were alive, one a tailor in Prague, the other in the mountains of Slovakia but had to find them.
  • Cousin met one of Morrie's brothers by chance on a train.
  • Morrie tried to find brother in mountains but just missed him.
  • Morrie traveled to Germany, DP camp near Lansburg, with organization that wanted to bring young Jewish refugees to Kibbutzim in Palestine.
  • In 1947, Morrie and group crossed secretly over border by foot to Italy. Boarded a ship commissioned by the Mossad LeAliyah Bet, an arm of the Hagana.
  • Ship is discovered by British patrols. (Morrie and the others were hiding under the deck)
  • Near Haifa, all refugees are transferred to a British ship and taken to internment camp in Cyprus.
  • After one year in this camp, Morrie arrives in Palestine and lives there for 8 years.
  • Part of this time, he lives in Kibbutz Maale HaChamisha.
  • In 1956, immigrates to Chicago to be near one of his brothers.