Peggy Tredler

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The recent (12/29/17) passing of Miami resident,
Peggy Tredler, removes from our community of limited Survivors one more eye
witness to the inhumanity of the Holocaust. Born into a traditional Jewish
family in Zawiercie in Southwest Poland, Peggy transcended the hardships
and horrors of the German occupation, life in the Birkenau and Auschwitz
concentration camps, for the start of a new life in a German displaced
persons camp.



Beyond all her hardships, hers is the story of a beautiful Jewish girl
coming of age in Poland in the 1940's. A cheerful girl, she enjoyed
emulating her mother, playing with her five siblings, helping her father in
business, being generous to others and being faithful to her family's
Jewish traditions. When her world changed dramatically, Peggy didn't. She
persisted in her fidelity to her religion, her devotion to her family and
her profound generosity.



Times were tough in Poland, Germany and thereafter Paris, but so was Peggy
and her "unforgettable" husband, Michael. In the mid 1950's she relocated
to Toronto where she and Michael raised their two daughters and built a
successful business. Her resilience paid off and ultimately Peggy and
Michael came to Florida to enjoy early retirement.



Later in life, she collaborated with Dr. Paul Ahr to memorialize her
experiences as a symbol of hope and, with the encouragement of her daughter
local philanthropist Edie Laquer, she shared a harrowing recount of the
tyranny still buried deep within. Dr. Ahr reflects on his relationship with
Peggy:



"I first met Peggy a dozen years ago when she agreed to let me edit and
publish her life story: "Peggy Tredler: Lives Worth Living". We struck up a
curious relationship in pursuit of her life story: this
Polish/Canadian/American Jewish Holocaust survivor and this third
generation German American Catholic psychologist, young enough to be her
son.



Initially struck by her resilience, I soon came to admire her courage,
curiosity and creativity. She risked opening old wounds by retelling the
sad and frankly tragic parts of her life, and risked opening up new
vulnerabilities in this late life friendship. However, Peggy fit right in.
Book signings followed and speaking engagements became second nature for
this remarkable orator with a cute Parisian accent.



When my wife Pat invited her to join her at painting lessons at the Surf
Club, she graduated top of the class and sharpened her artistic talents at
home classes at the Hyatt Residence where her bold creativity today adorns
the entry.



Peggy was not just a survivor; not just an accomplished businesswoman; not
just a beloved matriarch. Later in life when it was her time to shine, she
did so as an author, artist, lover of animals, and so much more.



And throughout our time together she always expressed her joy in our
friendship in word and deed. In all, Peggy Tredler's is the life story of a
gracious, gifted and generous woman; a truly vivacious lady who triumphed
over inhumanity to live a life of productivity, magnanimity and creativity.



In the end, Peggy herself tells us that hers was a life worth living."



Peggy's most treasured roles were that of beloved wife, and she leaves
behind a legacy in the love of her children Ashley Wyatt, Edie Laquer; and
her adoring Grandchildren, David (Katie) Holtzman; Candace (Andrew
Holtzman; Pamela) (Dave) Isen; and seven Great Grandchildren, Mackenzie,
Madeline, Samantha, Zoe, Sydney, Emma and Myles.



A family Memorial Service was held at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel in
celebration of Peggy's life. Gestures in her memory may be made to the
Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation in recognition of Dr. Clifford Medina for extraordinary care.
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Published in the Miami Herald on Jan. 4, 2018
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