THE MEYER SWITZER BIOGRAPHY
“A GOOD LIFE”
By Tyler Trafford
Meyer Switzer’s story, from his childhood in Radom, Poland, through his service in the Russian army, to his emigration to Calgary where he raised his loving family, is now available in book form.
Like many Jewish emigrants to Canada in the early 1900’s, this remarkable grandson of Wolf Baer Scwajcer overcame an early life in Poland marred by intolerance and denial of opportunity. Undeterred by his family’s impoverished circumstances in Radom; undeterred by ten years of conscription in the Russian army; and undeterred by the pogroms of post-war Europe, Meyer never relinquished his cheerful outlook on life and always found the good in every situation as he quietly spread a positive influence throughout his community and family.
The story, narrated by Calgary author Tyler Trafford, overflows with firsthand, personal accounts and reminiscences contributed by Meyer’s family and friends, and includes numerous photographs and genealogical trees.
As the many testimonials in the book illustrate, Meyer’s guiding principles have proven to be a valuable cultural legacy, cherished by all who were influenced by this remarkable husband, father, zaida, and friend.
Perhaps the best summation of Meyer’s life can be found in his memorable advice to his son, Bill: “If you want to be a good Jew, be a good person. That is all God wants.”
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