Biographical press clippings. Correspondence about the Canadian Jewish Congress war efforts. Correspondence, clippings, programs about philanthropy. Addresses delivered by S. Bronfman. Press clippings about Seagram's. Tributes on 50th, 70th, 75th, 80th birthdays and upon his death. Reports about Sa…
Biographical press clippings. Correspondence about the Canadian Jewish Congress war efforts. Correspondence, clippings, programs about philanthropy. Addresses delivered by S. Bronfman. Press clippings about Seagram's. Tributes on 50th, 70th, 75th, 80th birthdays and upon his death. Reports about Samuel Bronfman Chair at Columbia University. Correspondence about Loyola University, Montreal. Press clippings and speeches about the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Born in 1891 in Brandon, Manitoba, Sam Bronfman was a leading Canadian industrialist and philanthropist. He began work in his father's hotel business and later entered the mail-order liquor business. He acquired control of Canada's Joseph Seagram and Sons Ltd. and was later involved with the long-established British Distillers Corp. Ltd. which made him a major figure in the liquor distilling industry. Beneficiaries of his philanthropies included universities, hospitals, charities and museums. He was an inspiring fund-raiser in the Jewish community and was President of Canadian Jewish Congress from 1939-1962. He lobbied the Canadian government during World War II for the immigration and rescue of refugees and war orphans. He was active with other Jewish organizations at the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945 to obtain security for Palestine and the incorporation of Human Rights in the UN Charter. S. Bronfman served as Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress and was Chairman of its North American Section. He was a governor of McGill University and was the founder of McGill's Center for Developing Area Studies. During his lifetime he received much recognition and many awards for his efforts on behalf of Jewish social, cultural and Zionist activities and for the non-Jewish community as well. The headquarters building of Canadian Jewish Congress in Montreal is called "The Samuel Bronfman House Museum and Archives" in his honour. He died on July 10, 1971.
1 correspondence file.CJC Central file, ZA Collection, photo collection PC1, Allan Bronfman fonds.
Fonds consists of Russian passports of Samuel Lazaer and Anna, Arthur and Sonia Lazear, 1927.
Anna Lazear (Kentorowitz) (1902- ) and Samuel Lazear (b.1895- 1959) and their two children Arthur (b.1926- 2001) and Sonia (b.1923- ) travelled from Minsk to Riga, Latvia, and on to England. They arrived at Quebec City on the Montairn in October, 1927.
They were sponsored by Anna’s brother David, deputy mayor of Newark, New Jersey and Samuel’s brothers in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The United States was their first choice but immigration restrictions prevented that destination.The family had a distant cousin in Ottawa who initially accommodated the Lazears along with Anna’s brother Arthur and sister Sonia who also made the voyage.
Samuel Lazear was a salesman in a By Ward Market shop. In later years he and Anna opened a small jewellery shop called The Jewel Box. Anna was very active in World War II volunteer work and is remembered as a “very kind and generous person”.
1. Donated by Sonia Shaffer (Lazear), winter, 2003.
2. Each passport is complete with studio photograph.