Env. 0.9 metres of textual records. - 127 photographs.
Scope and Content
Photos and family documents pre- and post-Nazi regime. Information concerning founding of German-Jewish refugee congregation - Hartford, Connecticut. Letter signed in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt asking for funds for war orphans. Personal history of Spanier family written by Albert Spanier prior to hi…
Env. 0.9 metres of textual records. - 127 photographs.
Scope and Content
Photos and family documents pre- and post-Nazi regime. Information concerning founding of German-Jewish refugee congregation - Hartford, Connecticut. Letter signed in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt asking for funds for war orphans. Personal history of Spanier family written by Albert Spanier prior to his death in November of 1996. German-language newspaper published on May 12, 1939, in Paris listing Spanier members as non-citizens of Germany - "ausburgerrungsliste." Material on internment camps for German Jews in Canada 1941-1944 (Montreal Standard clipping), photocopies from Netherlands embassy about refused entry at port of Poole, also list of names from family prayer book.Addition 2004: 165 photos, colour and black and white, of Spanier family including Germany, including a housefront/ storefront boarded after Kristalnacht, also family in USA and Canada and Beverly Spanier teaching career and friends. Also 1 cm. Beverly career documents.Addition 2009: Macdonald College Faculty of Education McGill University Class of 1969 history booklet written by B. Spanier for the 40th Reunion. List of volunteer work of B. Spanier. Addition 2010: 80th birthday biographical tribute to Miriam Roland
Beverly Spanier was born in 1945 in Hartford , Connecticut. She graduated from McGill University in Honors Economics and Political Science in 1967. She was a high school teacher in Montreal, Quebec from 1969 to 1997 and is involved with religious programming at the Shaar Hashomayim Synagugue in Westmount, Quebec . Family members highlighted in the collection are her brother the late Allen Spanier- formerly a McGill professor of medicine , surgeon, researcher, and Director of Intensive Care Unit at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and her late father Albert formerly a businessman in textiles and a synagogue leader. Albert Spanier was born on January 4,1914 in Enger , Germany and was one of four children born to Amalia and Adolph. Albert, Gertrude,Irwin and Werner were raised in Enger in the largest home in the town. In 1938 the family fled Nazi Germany to scatter abroad and eventually reunite in Hartford, Connecticut where they were all members of Tikvoh Chadoshah Synagogue .Albert Spanier died on November 17,1995 while living in West Hartford Connecticut. Dr. Allen Spanier died on April 27th, 1999 in Montreal at the age of 52. Allen and Beverly's mother Sybil , the first wife of Albert , passed away in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in July 8th 2002.
Part of this collection was transferred from the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, at the request of the donor, Beverly Spanier. Several additions to the collection were made after the initial transfer in 1994.
P94/10 +adds. P98/03+adds.English and German.Inventory list of the photos - Archdocs\Spanier.Mostly originals, incl. photographs.
The collection is divided into five series. The first series contains a copy of Abraham Joseph's diary from the 18th century, transcripts of the diary by Annette Wolff, and original pre-1900 materials pertaining to Abraham Joseph and other members of his family. The second series consists in large …
The collection is divided into five series. The first series contains a copy of Abraham Joseph's diary from the 18th century, transcripts of the diary by Annette Wolff, and original pre-1900 materials pertaining to Abraham Joseph and other members of his family. The second series consists in large part of correspondence between Martin Wolff and Irene Joseph Wolff, before and after their marriage, and letters to their daughters. The third series consists primarily of correspondence between the Wolff sisters. The fourth series contains correspondence from Annette Wolff to her family and friends, letters received from soldiers during World War II, and documents and memorabilia relating to her education, employment, and travels. The fifth series consists of Wolff and Joseph family photographs. The last series is composed of sound elements. It contains 7 cassette tapes, each 90 minutes in duration, of interviews of Annette Wolff by Eiran
The Joseph family was one of the earliest Jewish families to settle in Quebec. Irene Joseph (1885 1940), a writer and community worker, married Martin Wolff, (1881 1948) engineer and historian, and they had six daughters. The lives and thoughts of all these individuals are reflected in this fonds. The earliest portions of the fonds contains considerable information about the life of Abraham Joseph (1815-1886), a successful businessman involved in numerous commercial enterprises, including leadership roles in the Quebec Board of Trade and the Banque Nationale. The greater part of this portion of the fonds is connected to Abraham Joseph's diaries, which are a valuable early record of Jewish life and material culture in Quebec. Much of the material in the later series of the fonds documents the life of the Wolff family in Montreal and Quebec in the early 20th century until the late 1940s, and includes information about quotidian life and religious and social customs as practiced by a middle-class Jewish family of that era. Though observant Jews, the Wolff family members mixed with and were accepted by the larger community, making this fonds a source of information on many aspects of Canadian society as well as that of Great Britain. The fonds includes a special emphasis on the work and writings of Annette Wolff, who took on the role of family historian. The Joseph and Wolff family fonds contains material of potential interest to historians, students of Jewish life in Canada and women's studies, social scientists, psychologists, journalists, and authors.
The majority of this fonds was donated in increments, over a period of several years, by sisters Annette Wolff, Rosetta Wolff Elkin, and Esther Wolff Blaustein, with the greatest part of the collection coming from Annette Wolff. A small percentage of the material was donated by Rachel Wolff Esar, and a few files were deposited much earlier by Martin Wolff.
This series contains records pertaining to or originating from Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services.
In 1863 the Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society (YMHBS) was formed by young unmarried men with the desire to help Jews in need. The Society also allowed the young Jewish men of Montreal to get to know each other better and to look after their social welfare needs. By 1882, the Society could not cope financially with the influx of immigrants arriving from Russia, most of who were destitute and had no means of support. The YMHBS appealed to philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsh. In 1890, Baron de Hirsch sent his first donation and in 1891, the Baron de Hirsch Institute opened and was dedicated to the purpose of “A Free School for the poor children of the Jewish faith and a home for sheltering distressed immigrants and orphans.” In 1900 Baron de Hirsch enlarged its sphere, and in recognition of the financial support received, obtained a new charter of incorporation to change its name to Baron de Hirsch Institute and Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal. The Institute was the pioneer charitable and philanthropic organization in Montreal. In 1917, because of the overlapping of much charitable and philanthropic work, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies was formed with headquarters in the Baron de Hirsch Institute building. Baron de Hirsch became one of the constituent societies and continued its activities with the religious school, library, cemetery, family welfare, legal aid and Hebrew Court of Arbitration. The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies changed names three times. It became Federation of Jewish Community Services in 1951, Allied Jewish Community Services (AJCS) in 1965 and today’s Federation CJA in 1997. AJCS was under the direction of Manny Batshaw from 1967-1980).
In 1974 the Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre (JFSSSC) was created and incorporated almost all the programs and human resources of the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Jewish Family Services encompassed these two organizations by providing joint structure for their complementing mandates.
The JFSSSC was a publicly funded agency, working alongside the private JFS of the Baron de Hirsch Institute and primarily served the Jewish population. The JFSSSC became responsible for youth protection, young offenders, adoption and foster care (including group homes and placements for children, disabled adults and the elderly).
Over the years, JFS adapted to transformations in Quebec society and developments in the field of social work. As mental health, sex education, addiction, care of the elderly and other concerns were recognized as part of the mandate of a social service provider, JFS developed programs to respond to these needs. JFS’s professional work also included the supervision of many volunteer units (for example, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and hospital volunteers).
The public JFSSSC closed in 1993 in response to the Quebec government’s Bill 120 and the cessation of public funding. As a result, Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute became a full-service, community-based organization.