1. L-R: Lillian Freiman, William Shapiro?, William's brother?, Unknown (Possibly an adoptive mother), Nellie Pierce (of Montreal).
2. Nellie went on the ship to Belgium with Lillian and was also very involved with the drive to bring the children over. The elder boy is most likely William Shapiro (as opposed to the younger one), who sent the photo to Lillian at the end of her life with a beautiful and moving letter that stated that the photo was one of his “greatest treasures” and he was sending it to Lillian as “a remembrance of that day.” She got the letter in late August/early September and she passed away a short while later on November 2.
3. The woman holding the younger boy is most likely their new adoptive mother, though it's not entirely certain. The accompanying letter implies that the young boy is William’s brother.
4. He wrote the letter in 1940 and if he was 11 or 12 as he looks in the photo, he would have been about 30 or 31 at that time.
5. The letter and the photograph and the envelope is contained in BOX 1 of the Archibald and Lillian Freiman Family fonds.
1. Also numbered 1-184.
2. Lillian Freiman organized the Jewish War Veterans' Committee and went to Europe and brought over war orphans to Canada for adoption.
3. There were more than 137,000 Jewish children in the Ukraine who were orphaned during WWI. News of their living conditions and suffereing was brought to North American Jewry's attention by visiting professor Elie Heifetz who gave a tragic description.
4. Nellie Pierce (married to Asher Pierce of Montreal) was the cousin of Lillian. Nellie was also a member of the Executive Committee tasked with bringing the orphans over. She too applied to adopt a child.
5. The two women traveled at their own expense.