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Honouring Sir Michael

Nearly buried alive, 10-year-old Michael Kutz narrowly escapes the Nazi death squad that has killed 4,000 Jews, including his own family, in his hometown of Nieswiez. Guided by his mother’s last words and determined to survive, he becomes the youngest member of a partisan resistance group in the dense Belorussian forest, taking part in daring operations against the Nazis and their collaborators. After the war, Michael embarks on an odyssey through Czechoslovakia, Austria, Italy, and, finally, Canada, as he tries to find a home where he can leave the horrors of his past behind. Translated from the original Yiddish, If, By Miracle is the gripping and compelling story of a courageous and resilient young boy searching for freedom.

Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Domain of Quebec is extremely proud to announce that SR Sir Michael Kutz’s memoir, IF, BY MIRACLE, his story  of growing up as a Jewish boy in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, has been published as part of the Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs.

Sir Michael has been a devoted member of our Order for the past 55 years.  When he is not involved with numerous Pythian Lodge actives, he lectures to students in Canada and the United States about his experiences during the Holocaust.  On Thursday, October 3, 2013 about 40 Pythians and their guests gathered to honour his accomplishments.

Organizing Committee, (left to right)
Sir James Indig, GS John Derrick
Our Guest of Honour Sir Michael Kutz
Grand Chancellor Calvin Finkelstein

Mayor Pro-Temp of the City of Cote St-Luc,
Allan Levine brought us greeting from
Mayor Anthony Housefather.

Michael and Pat Kutz