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Group photograph with one of the Ukrainian orphans upon their arrival in Quebec City.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1152
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Date
August, 1921
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1152
Storage Location
vault
Notes
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.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
Images
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Nellie Pierce (left) and Mrs. Lillian Freiman (right) on board ship to sail for Antwerp, Belgium to bring Ukrainian war orphans to Canada.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
B&W; Glossy : Mounted in a cardboard frame
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 4-019
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
B&W; Glossy : Mounted in a cardboard frame
Date
1921
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 4-019
Physical Condition
Faded with some scratches and marks on photograph
Acquisition Source
Sidney Pierce
Notes
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.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
Images
Less detail
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