BiographyPeter Ziegler was born in Vienna, Austria, in March 1922 to a Jewish family. He was forced to leave school at age sixteen after Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938. In January 1939, Ziegler managed to obtain a permit to attend high school in England. His family had a more difficult time escaping from Austria.
Ziegler was a student at Margaret College when he was first interned in England in May 12, 1940 in Eastbourne. He was then interned in Liverpool, Huyton, and on the Isle of Man before he was shipped to Canada on the S.S. Sobieski. In Canada, he was interned in Camp T (Trois-Rivières, Quebec), Camp B (Ripples, New Brunswick), and Camp A (Farnham, Quebec); he was one of the first to be released from internment in early fall 1941.
After his release, Ziegler discovered his parents and sister had fled to France. He wished to join them but decided the journey was too dangerous. He later discovered his parents and sister perished in Auschwitz. Ziegler studied chemistry at Sir George Williams College, now Concordia University, and obtained his PhD in biochemistry from McGill. He worked for Canada Packers for thirty-two years. He lived in Toronto.