Birth Name: Ivan Reitman
Born on Oct. 27, 1946 in Komárno, Czechoslovakia, Reitman was raised by his father, Leslie, a Jewish resistance fighter during World War II, and his mother, Klara, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. His parents immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1951 as refugees from the Stalinization of Eastern Europe, which allowed Reitman the opportunity to grow up in a country free of the Soviet Union's iron grip. Though unable to speak the language when he arrived, Reitman eventually thrived while his parents became successful small business owners He attended the public high school Oakwood Collegiate before becoming a music major at McMaster University. After graduating with his bachelor's ...
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