Liselotte (Lisl) Ivry

Funeral Service: Monday, June 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Chapel Service
Shiva: Monday, June 27, 2022 to
Monday, June 27, 2022

Shiva at her home
Shiva Details:
Shiva hours: from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27
Cemetery: Eternal Gardens Cemetery
Montreal Holocaust Museum, (514) 345-2605

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Anna Hájková - 3 days ago

Dear Victor and Elsa, I am so terribly sorry to learn this. Liselotte Ivry was such a wonderful woman; we telephoned every few months, and it meant so much to me. I press your hands. Anna

Jennifer Reich - 5 days ago

My heart is truly warmed by reading everyone's messages about Lisl. I know many will miss her as much as me. She was like a grandmother to me, even though I was a grand-niece. I offer my own condolences to her children and grand-children, and friends touched by her life and passing. It feels like the end of an era, but I am thankful to have been part of it- Shabbats at her house, many visits that in the past included Uncle Sidney, too. In recent years I was glad she met my son and that he met her. It's great to share someone who was special in your past with someone else you love. I would like to thank her neighbor Zara for showing such compassion, and friendship and generosity of spirit and time with her. "Believe-you-me" Aunt Lisl would start her sentences "beleive-you-me", Lisl, you will not be forgotten.

Beatrice Freder - 7 days ago

Dear Elsa &Victor, my sincerest condolences to you both and your families at this sad memories of your mother are all happy ones, of the time we spent together during your school years at Solomon Schecter...we would see each other at classrooms waiting to see and speak to different teachers re: our children’s progress...meanwhile catching up on our lives and what was going on in the art world...we also would see each other at synagogue and have these same conversations...children, school and art... also spent time walking home from Shull together.... I know your memories are many, happy ones and may they keep you connected and bring you to the light at the end of this long and dark tunnel...Be well.... Beatrice Freder

Iris Levitt - 8 days ago

To Lizl’s family I offer my most profound condolences on her passing. She was an amazing speaker and role model on the March of the Living. She educated the participants through her testimonials of her experiences in the Holocaust. She was so engaged with the students of the trip and they respected and loved her. My personal experience as a Madricha was enriched because of her. Her memory will never be forgotten. May the family be blessed with long life and may her memory be a blessing to all the lives that she touched. BDH

RoseLee Sztern - 9 days ago

To Lisl’s family. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I remember her well. She was always gracious and so creative. I used to see her at the family functions as well as at bridge. She was always so engaging and elegant. I hope your memories help you during this time. BDE. Warmly, RoseLee Sztern

Romy Schnaiberg - 9 days ago

Please accept my deepest condolences. I have so many memories of "Mrs. Ivry" from growing up down the street on Rosedale. She was very special.

Carole Blank - 9 days ago

Dear Family, Auntie Lisl was a unique and a very special lady. Her mission in life was a very noble one and she touched the lives of so many in her quest to pass along and share her painful knowledge and first hand experience of a very dark period of our history. My daughter, husband and I join you in mourning your loss. Carole, Howie and Alyssa Blank

Hinda Goodman - 9 days ago

On behalf of Hope & Cope staff and volunteers, I would to express our condolences to the family of the Late Liselotte Ivry. Liselotte was instrumental in providing knitted blankets to our oncology patients. These wonderful blankets brought a "virtual" hug to those undergoing chemotherapy. Her kindness will be missed.

Evelyn and David Kirsh - 10 days ago

Dear Lisl's family. My mother in law, the late Lil Schwartz Kirsh, was Sidney's cousin and spoke often about Lisl and how wonderful she was, and so did my late mother, Kathy . We met Liselotte through them. Please accept our deepest sympathy on your great loss.

Marlene Rabinovitch - 11 days ago

Dear Victor, i was so sorry to hear of your dear mothers death. Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time.

Pearl Paskell - 11 days ago

Heartfelt condolences on Lisl's passing. She was a great friend to me, and a mentor. May her memory be a blessing.

Pamela Melnick Garfinkle - 11 days ago

Dear Elsa, Victor and Family: I was saddened to hear of the passing of Lisle. Our families go back a long time and I have fond memories of your parents. Your mother was an intelligent, well spoken and beautiful woman. Our mothers were in contact with one another until a few years ago. I send you all my sincere condolences and I hope that your good memories will remain with you always.

Joy Yanow and Richard Glickman - 11 days ago

Dear Lawrence and Family We know how important your daily 6 pm call to her was both to you and your Aunt. We know she was important to you and she loved you. May she Rest In Peace

Fran Gutman - 11 days ago

Dear Victor and family, Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. We formed a very close relationship with her and will miss her very much. She was a very special person. Fran and Tobie

Ingrid Kovitch - 11 days ago

I am so sad to hear about the passing of the fierce and amazing Lisl! She has been an inspiration from the time I interviewed her about her Holocaust experience when I was in 6th grade... some 40 years ago! I am so happy and proud that she has shared her story with so many. Hugs and love to the whole family. Love, Ingie

Montreal Holocaust Museum - 12 days ago

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend Liselotte Ivry (née Epstein) z”l, Holocaust survivor and former Museum volunteer. Liselotte’s remarkable life began in 1925 in Listany, Czech Republic. After the German invasion in 1938, her family fled to Prague, but were forced into the Theresienstadt ghetto-camp in 1942. In the fall of 1943, the Germans deported her mother Elsa and brother Hans to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Liselotte arrived there three months later. Liselotte tragically lost them both in the camp. She was transferred to the Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg in July 1944, and she worked as a slave labourer in a brick factory. In February 1945, she survived the Dresden bombing and was sent to Bergen-Belsen, where she was liberated by the British army on April 15, 1945. Education was essential to Liselotte, and following liberation, she returned to Prague and went to university to study English while working for a newspaper, in a warehouse, and for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. She immigrated to Montreal in 1949, got married one year later, and had two children. Liselotte graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Fine Arts and taught art to preschoolers. She worked as a volunteer in various Jewish community institutions, and she was an outstanding speaker at the Montreal Holocaust Museum for many years. Liselotte was a gifted and captivating speaker capable of connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Her impeccable memory and vast historical knowledge allowed her to share her testimony with tremendous detail, impact, and meaning. Mere months before her passing, Liselotte remained eager to transmit her memory to the next generation. She never refused an invitation to participate in a new Museum project or tell her story to inquiring journalists. Her powerful legacy lives on through her recorded testimony preserved in perpetuity at our Museum and in our Witnesses to History exhibition. Her story will also continue to be shared through the precious objects and photos she generously donated to our collection. Notably, the scarf she donated from the Bergen-Belsen DP camp is the only object in the Museum’s collection to bear witness to the genocide of the Roma and Sinti. Liselotte was an incredible force of intelligence, strength, and vision. She had a profound and lasting impact on countless Museum visitors, volunteers, and staff, who will remember her with great admiration. She will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. The Board of Directors, volunteers, and professional team extend their sincere condolences to Liselotte’s friends and family. May her memory be a blessing and a source of inspiration, - Richard Schnurbach (MHM President), and Daniel Amar (MHM Director)

Marlene Blau (haupt) - 12 days ago

Dear Lisl,s children, So sorry to read that your dear mother passed away. I babysat for you on Rosedale many,many years ago.,My mother Beulah Blau was friends with het and thru her I got the babysitting job. I was quite impressed with your mother and the sad stories she told me about her childhood. RIP dear lady Marlene Blau Haupt

Hilda Gossack - 12 days ago

Dear Elsa & Victor, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Hilda Gossack

Michelle Ehrman - 12 days ago

Lisa was a very close friend of my family - George and Eva Ehrman. My mother was in the camps with her . That is where they met. They became friends again in Montreal. Lisl did many good things for my family. Their life would not have been as good as it was without Lisa’s help. My condolences to everyone in her family.

Samantha Singer - 12 days ago

Dear Ivry Family, I had the privilege of being on the March of the Living with Liselotte 21 years ago, she was incredibly inspirational and stong. She touched the hearts of all the students she travelled with. Even all these years later, I think of her. May your memories of her provide you a sense of comfort during these difficult times. Samantha Singer

Antoinette Romano - 12 days ago

We are the Musacchio family, we live across Mrs Ivry for many years When we first meet Mrs Ivry my kids were 5 and 7. Mrs Ivry witness my children grow, she always took an interest in their accomplishment but whenever she saw them always took the time to talk to them and encourage them. She was our Rosedale family We will miss her sitting on her front balcony. Welcoming us home or wishing us a good day. Mrs Ivry you will always be in our thoughts and hearts. Our deepest condolences to the family

Sarah Fogg - 12 days ago

My deepest sympathies to the Ivry family. Liselotte was an incomparable individual who left a profound mark on the lives of so many people. When I first met Liselotte at the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s survivor book fair in the sweltering summer heat, she suggested that if we were in such desperate need of funding, we might consider turning off the air conditioning. It was love at first complaint. I had the privilege of building a friendship with Liselotte over the years and cherish the memory of our countless conversations about life, family, history, the Holocaust, and Montreal. Her flawless memory was unparalleled, and she could recall aspects of her life in vivid detail while recounting impressive historical facts. Her gifted storytelling abilities transported you to her family’s store in the Czech Republic or to a forced labour camp during a terrifying bombing. Her love and sadness felt tangible when she spoke about her brother Hans and her mother Elsa. Liselotte’s generosity in sharing her memories profoundly shaped my understanding of the experiences of women during the Holocaust. She was incredibly intelligent, artistic, strong, brave, and determined. Her absence will be felt deeply, notably on the other end of my phone. I will think of Liselotte so fondly (especially when I see the painting she gave me, a well-manicured garden, or a piece of mille-feuille) and proudly carry part of her legacy into work at the Holocaust Museum. May her memory be a blessing and a source of inspiration. - Sarah Fogg, Head of Communications at the Montreal Holocaust Museum

Lissa Albert - 12 days ago

Mrs. Ivry was a giant among us. Her class and her humility were an example to all who knew her. Her strength was an inspiration. When I began interviewing for the Witness to History program at the Holocaust Centre, it was her story we first encountered as trainees. I will never forget meeting her for the first time and being in such awe at her dignity and her eloquence. My deepest condolences to you, her family, and to all who knew and loved her. May her neshama have the highest aliyah and may her memory always be a blessing and a comfort. Baruch Dayan ha’Emet.

Benjamin Trossman - 13 days ago

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Ivry's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting herb when I was volunteering at the CLSC. What a wonderful person. I also have her book, which she inscribed for me. RIP Mrs. Ivry. Benjamin Trossman.


Dear Ivry family. Please accept our condolences on your loss. I met Mrs Ivry in 1963 when my late mother Rita and my brother and myself moved onto Rosedale Avenue in Cote St-Luc. Mrs Ivry was a very fine lady and a welcoming neighbor. Although I have not seen her for many years, I have read about her in articles describing her public speaking and educating so many about the Holocaust, truly an amazing accomplishment. May your happy memories help console you at this difficult time and may she rest in peace. BDE

Nancy Reich - 13 days ago

Auntie Lisl left an indelible mark on me growing up. As a child, I loved visiting her and as a young adult she helped shape me. She was an incredible woman with an indomitable spirit. I spent many happy hours in her home talking about life, and watching her fingers fly as she knit. Growing up, my family and I certainly enjoyed her culinary skills on a regular basis. No one left her table hungry, Auntie Lisl was unrivaled in the kitchen. Auntie Lisl was a resilient lady who faced adversity and still came out smiling. Underneath the toughness was a heart of gold. My kids loved visiting her and eating her banana bread and cookies. Last May, my daughter honoured Auntie Lisl for her Bat Mitzvah. It was a privilege to know and love her. Rest in peace Auntie Lisl, I hope you're with Uncle Sidney, and your beloved mother, father and Hans.

Susan Lipes - 13 days ago

Lisa was one of the “Witness of History” speakers who enlightened my English class students at a French high school in the West Island. In her soft spoken way, she mesmerized the students with her personal experiences. The students really appreciated the time she spent with them and for opening their eyes to this horrendous time in history. May the memory of her name always be for a blessing. Susan Lipes

Mel Halickman - 13 days ago

I never knew this lady of for that matter, I knew nobody in her family or circle of friends and acquaintances. However, I was drawn to the story of her life, the early years in particular. I just finished watching a Netflix movie called the debt That is based on the Holocaust. That is what actually inspired me to read the story of Lisl’s life. I hope that everyone who comes on here has the sensibility to do the same. Baruch Dayan Emes.