Photograph : Paper : b&w ; Ht: 3 1/2 in. x W: 5 1/2 in.
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[Prior to 1939]
b&w, white border. Snapshot of man and woman behind counter, merchandise on counter and on shelves behind them Narrative: Salomon and Sara Heiss were the parents of the donor, Erika Bloom. The Heiss family fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938, after Salomon was arrested and detained in Dachau for 3 days. They survived the war in Shanghai, immigrated to Israel in 1949, and eventually settled in Montreal.
Sara Schichter (née Kaminski) was born on January 8, 1925 in a small Polish town called Bedzin, near Sosnowiec. She and her eight brothers were raised in a traditional Jewish. Three of her brothers died before 1924. At the outbreak of the war, the family had relocated to Hasselt, Belgium, where Sara attended elementary school and learned Flemish. In May 1940, the family fled to northern France but was caught up in the fighting in Dunkirk and Calais. They returned to Belgium in October 1940, and spent the rest of the war hiding in four separate houses all in the vicinity of Brussels. Sara lost her mother and three of her brothers who had been deported to Auschwitz. In May 1951, Sara immigrated to Canada, settling in Montreal where she became a teacher. Notably, Sara kept a diary during the war and she refers to it during the interview. Ms. Schichter passed away on May 19, 2013.
Contains programmes from the Education Department of the Workmen's Circle, New York as well as Yiddish workbooks from Jewish Peretz and People's Schools.
Sara Mlotek Rosenfeld was born in Poland in 1920. Her family was active in the Jewish Labour Bund and she was raised in Warsaw. In 1939, Sara feld Poland ahead of the Nazis with her future husband Hershl Rosenfeld and his family. They survived the war in Kazakhstan.
Hershl and Sara joined Sara's brother Joseph Mlotek in Canada in 1946 where she spent the remainder of her life. She was an active leader in the Yiddish cultural community; as director of the Workmen's Circle Choir, director of the Yiddish Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and one of the co-founders of KlezKanada. She is also credited as one of the founders of the National Yiddish Book Center in Amhert, Mass. Sara Rosenfeld passed away in 2004.
Transferred from the office of Sara Rosenfeld.
One monograph, "Der Zhurnalist" (Warsaw, 1925) removed from collection and placed in the collection of the Jewish Public Library.