A survivor of the Second World War, matriarch, and freedom fighter, the Mount is proud to name the Women's Wall of Honour in recognition of Riva Spatz.
Born Riva Melamedek on November 10, 1922, in Maniewiece, Eastern Poland, she was one of six children. As a young woman she became a resistance fighter against the Nazis. After the war she moved to Munich, where she met and married Simon Spatz. Together they moved to Canada in 1950 and built a new life in Halifax surrounded by family, friends and other survivors.
The compassion that led her to study nursing echoed throughout her entire life — raising her children, working to support the business she and her husband created, and maintaining a strong sense of community and family connection. She and Simon raised their daughter Shirley and son Josef (Jim) to continue this legacy.