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Feist, Ursula - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn60304
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:41:00
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:41:00
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
English
Notes
Ursula Feist (née Erber) was born on June 2, 1921 in Berlin, Germany. Before Hitler, Ursula, her parents and sister, Brigitta, lived in a comfortable economic status. Ursula had a good educational background. Her father was very observant and Ursula discusses how she might have turned out more observant in her life today, had she not been forced by her father to go to synagogue. With the rise of Nazism, Ursula describes living in perpetual fear from 1933 until 1939. Beginning in 1934, the family experienced financial hardship and Ursula went to a commercial college to learn how to type and take short hand. She found employment at an Italian agency from March until November 1938 -- Kristallnacht. Ursula describes Kristallnacht as the most horrible thing: she remembers coming down in the morning and seeing windows smashed and synagogues burning. By the beginning of 1939, many Jews were leaving Germany. Ursula obtained tickets to Shanghai from the Italian agency for her parents and sister. For herself, she made arrangements to go to England to stay with a longtime pen pal. On May 19, 1939, two weeks before her eighteenth birthday she got onto a children's transport to England. Her parents left for Shanghai in June 1939. She remembers the SS coming on the train and emptying out suitcases to find anything of value. In England, Ursula stayed with the Wicker family near Chester in North England. The family treated Ursula like one of their own. She had to adjust to a life where she did not have to worry. Ursula went to Birmingham and trained as a nurse. In May 1940, she was interned at a woman’s camp on the Isle of Man for one year. The British government had no way of knowing who was a Nazi sympathizer so they interned everybody. While in the camp, she met a woman from Munich who was the aunt of her future husband, David. Ursula worked as a waitress in the Cumberland Hotel and David came and asked her if he could take her to the theatre. Later she got a monitoring service job at the BBC. She listened to Hitler's speeches and had to translate and transcribe them. She and David married in 1943. David wanted to join the Commandos when he learnt that his mother was killed but instead he got into the intelligence corps and then the pioneer corps. Their first son, Anthony, was born in London in 1948. By this time, communication with Ursula’s parents had stopped. They had been living under Japanese control in Shanghai and under terrible circumstances. After the war they immigrated to Minneapolis, United States. Her father had angina and died. Later, her mother and sister moved to New York. Life in post-war England was difficult due to very high taxes. In 1951, Ursula and David came to Canada in search of employment. They did not go to the United States because they were afraid that their son would be drafted. Their second son, Daniel was born in Montreal in 1954. Ursula worked in the Neurological Hospital and then the Royal Victoria Hospital as an administrative assistant to the chief of surgery. Her children are both married and she has two grandchildren from each son. Ursula talks about the fact that she is still homesick for London; they visit very often and have very close friends there. She has also been back to Berlin several times.
Accession No.
WTH-267
Name Access
Feist, Ursula
Places
Berlin, Germany, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
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Film, Dedication of the Jewish Public Library at 4499 avenue d'Esplanade

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn78143
Collection
Jewish Public Library Historical Collection
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 film : b&w
Fonds No.
1000A; 1; 00001; 1000_00001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
Jewish Public Library Historical Collection
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 film : b&w
Date
October 4, 1953
Fonds No.
1000A
Series No.
1
File No.
00001
Item No.
1000_00001
Storage Location
Bay 1
Creator
Chanukas Habais Film
Related Material
Jewish Public Library Fonds
Subjects
Jewish Public Library (Montreal, Quebec)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Video Tracks
Images
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Frost, Jacob - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn67760
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:40:49
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:40:49
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
English
Notes
Jacob Frost was born on November 15, 1909 in Gera, Germany. He worked in a carpet factory after finishing Volksschule (primary education) and graduating from a non-Jewish high school. As soon as the Nuremberg laws were passed, he and his family were well aware of the dangers of the Nazis. By 1934, they had begun the process of trying to emigrate. Jacob witnessed Kristallnacht and was rounded up and taken to Buchenwald. He calls the experience at Buchenwald a “concentration” camp rather than an “internment” camp. He witnessed many brutalities, including a well-respected man of the community “losing his marbles” and a doctor tending this man’s self-inflicted wounds. Jacob spent five weeks at Buchenwald and could return to Gera as long as he had proof of papers to emigrate. With the advice and help of several kind gentiles along the way, Jacob made the voyage to Israel. He traveled by boat via Vienna to Salina, Romania, arriving in Israel in 1940. He immigrated to Canada in 1950.
Accession No.
WTH-075
Name Access
Frost, Jacob
Places
Gera, Germany, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
Images
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Girl Guides Group at the Shaar Hashomayim

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn44492
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : DV recording : English : duration: 1 minute 55.92 seconds
Fonds No.
SH-01; 116
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : DV recording : English : duration: 1 minute 55.92 seconds
Date
2002
Fonds No.
SH-01
Item No.
116
Physical Condition
Excellent
Notes
In this video clip Gloria Halpern, who was a member of the Girl Guides that met at the Shaar Hashomayim, discusses her experiences of being part of this group.
Places
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Museum and Archives
Video Tracks
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Goldberg, Peter - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn60297
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
00:59:33
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
00:59:33
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
English
Notes
Peter Goldberg was born on May 12, 1919 in Paberze, a village approximately 20 km from Vilnius, Lithuania (Vilna, Poland), where he and his nine siblings were raised in an orthodox Jewish home. The Russian Army occupied Vilnius in 1939 until the Germans took over in 1941. Peter recalls the many restrictions placed on Jews, including the wearing of yellow stars, forced labour, and the establishment of the Jewish ghetto. Peter and his wife had to stay in the ghetto for about seven months. They remained there, often in hiding, until it was liquidated by the German Gestapo. Then, for ten months, they paid to live in a Polish house approximately 10 km from the Ghetto. Peter was taken to do forced labour as a coal digger in Bielawaka ? concentration camp. Once the camp was liquidated, he and his wife had to return to the ghetto in Vilnius for a second time until it closed in 1943. They spent about eight months in the Vilnius HKP-562 concentration camp where Peter was forced to work as a mechanic. The Germans liquidated the camp in July 1944. After liberation by the Russian Army, he and his wife returned home. He knew that most of his family had been killed immediately upon arrival in the ghetto in Vilnius (Vilna). After the war, Peter worked as a baker and a stock keeper of food for the Russian Army. When the borders opened in 1957, Peter, his wife and their daughter immigrated to Poland. They lived there until December 1958 when they decided to immigrate to Canada, as Peter’s sister was living in Montreal. Once here, Peter worked as a butcher and manager of a meat store.
Accession No.
WTH-050
Name Access
Goldberg, Peter
Places
Paberze, Lithuania (Poland), Lithuania (Poland), Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
Images
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GORDON, Myer & Judy/ Toronto, co-ordinators of reunion Montefiore Hebrew Orphans

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn49119
Collection
LUTSKY, Leslie = Jewish Digest Radio Show.
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Fonds No.
P0161; SC 1707-46
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
LUTSKY, Leslie = Jewish Digest Radio Show.
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Date
August 9, 2001
Fonds No.
P0161
Item No.
SC 1707-46
Notes
Interview by Leslie Lutsky. In a five and a half minute excerpt, Myer speaks about life as an orphan and how the alumni came to have reunions for years afterwards.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
Video Tracks
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Guiding Principles of the Shaar Hashomayim

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn44498
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : VCR tape : English : duration: 29.15 seconds
Fonds No.
SH-01; 223
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : VCR tape : English : duration: 29.15 seconds
Date
2001
Fonds No.
SH-01
Item No.
223
Physical Condition
Excellent
Notes
The guiding principles of the Shaar Hashomayim are read in this video. These principles include the worship of God and the teaching and study of Torah.
Places
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Museum and Archives
Video Tracks
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Guter, Ernest - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn67763
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:09:12
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:09:12
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
English
Notes
Ernest Guter was born on April 7, 1917 in Toru?, Poland (Thorn, Germany). A year after his birth, his parents moved to Berlin then back to their hometown, Stolp. At a young age, Ernest joined the Maccabees and travelled across Germany preparing for the Jewish Youth Aliyah. In January 1938, he went to Berlin and became a social worker apprentice. One year later, he was transferred to the German Jewish Congress as a social worker. Ernest was in Berlin during Kristallnacht. A man helped him hide with other Jewish men in a store for several days, until it was calmer. Ernest stayed hidden in Berlin until he managed to get a visa to the United Kingdom. On the day that the German army entered Czechoslovakia, Ernest left for Great Britain. While working for the Rothschild’s, Ernest attended night-school at the College of Southampton, attempting to obtain a social science diploma. In 1940, all males with German passports living in England were interned. Ernest was originally interned in London, and then spent eight weeks interned on the Isle of Man. He was offered the choice of either staying on the Isle of Man for the duration of the war or going to either Canada or Australia. He chose Canada by chance and was sent to the Sherbrooke internment camp. Hymie Grover, a knitting-mill operator got Ernest out of the internment camp. He attended McGill University and graduated in 1945. He married a Jewish Canadian woman and has three children.
Accession No.
WTH-132
Name Access
Guter, Ernest
Places
Toru? (Thorn), Poland (Germany), Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
Images
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HARROSH, Simone

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn78036
Collection
Sephardic Oral History Project interviews by Marie Berdugo-Cohen.
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
Audio cassette, 43 minutes recorded. Digital copy available.
Fonds No.
CJC001-S-A; SC 1063-M23-28
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
Sephardic Oral History Project interviews by Marie Berdugo-Cohen.
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
Audio cassette, 43 minutes recorded. Digital copy available.
Date
August 15, 1988
Fonds No.
CJC001-S-A
Item No.
SC 1063-M23-28
Creator
Marie Berdugo-Cohen
Notes
Sephardic Oral History Project interview by Marie Berdugo Cohen. Digitized in WAV format in March 2015. Biography: Simone Harrosh a vécu en Algérie dans une maison qui abritait 12 voisins. Ils se réunissaient tous chez ses parents pour le kiddoush du shabbat, pour célébrer la Soucca, et pour manger la dinde au couscous, à l'occasion de Rosh Hodesh. Son père, Eliahou Sakoun, policier en Algérie, arrivait à la synagogue avec son fusil. Sa mère, Simha Séban, s'occupait de la Hévra Kadisha et du Mikvé à Tlemcen. Simone a immigré en France à 11 ans, ensuite elle alla en Suisse, en Belgique, et à Londres où elle habita avec son mari, et où elle travailla au Central office of Informations. Actuellement, Simone est responsable du Mikvé Young Israel à Chomedey, qui réunit Ashkénazes et Sépharades. Elle nous décrit ici avec détails et précisions, l'éxigence de la Thora concernant Taharat Hamispaha, (la pureté familiale), qui fait partie des mitzvot à accomplir par la femme juive, tels que: les nérot, (bougies du Shabbat), hala (pain),etc. Simone nous parle des menstruations de la femme juive, des vérifications rigoureuses à faire pour savoir si elles ont pris fin, et finalement des préparatifs pour le bain rituel dans le Mikvé, qui représente dit Simone, l'espoir, la vie, une coopération avec Dieu, pour la création.
Subjects
Mikvah, Ritual bath, Chomedey, seder, role of Jewish women, family purity, Algeria, immigration from Algeria to France, Rosh Hodesh
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
Video Tracks
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HAYES, Saul - interview by David Rome (Side A) - Role of Saul Hayes at the beginning of UJRA (United Jewish Relief Agencies).

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn89592
Collection
Canadian Jewish Congress organizational records
Description Level
File
Material Format
sound recording
Fonds No.
CJC0001; SC 0033
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
Canadian Jewish Congress organizational records
Description Level
File
Material Format
sound recording
Date
[ca. 1978]
Fonds No.
CJC0001
Item No.
SC 0033
Notes
Oral history. In a 9 minute excerpt from this 47 minute interview, Saul Hayes talks about his background and his work for UJRA and CJC. Digitized as WAV and WMA.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
Video Tracks
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"Hayom T'amtzenu" by Cantor Nathan Mendelson

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn44512
Collection
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Archives
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
Audio : Compact Disc : Hebrew : duration: 25 seconds
Fonds No.
SH-01; 820
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Archives
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
Audio : Compact Disc : Hebrew : duration: 25 seconds
Date
[ca. 1977]
Fonds No.
SH-01
Item No.
820
Physical Condition
Good
Notes
An audio clip from "Hayom T'amtzenu", composed for the High Holidays by Cantor Nathan Mendelson. Performed by his son Cantor David Mendelson and the Congregatioin Shaar Hashomayim Choral Group.
Places
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Museum and Archives
Video Tracks
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Heller, Anita - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn67769
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:36:39
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:36:39
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
English
Notes
Anita was born on April 26, 1926 in Karlsruhe, Germany. She came from a relatively well-off family. Her father, a German businessman, served as an officer in the German Army during WWI. He attended the 1912 Olympic Games as a member of the German Soccer Team. Her mother came from Warsaw. When she was two, the family moved to Berlin to live in a villa with servants. Anita attended a small private girl school from 1932 to 1937. She wasn't really aware of her Jewish roots before 1933. But her life changed the very day Hitler came to power. As anti-Jewish laws tightened, Anita felt a little bit more excluded every day. In 1935, her brother was sent to Scotland where he attended Kurt Hahn's school. In the summer of 1937, her parents took the decision to move to Engelberg, a small town near Luzern, Switzerland. The family left Berlin, leaving everything behind them. Anita was sent to a convent school in Luzern. Although they were able to get an American visa, the family decided to move to France in 1938. Being of Alsatian descent, they were eligible for French citizenship, which drove them to settle down in Paris where they led an undisturbed life until the war broke out. Her father was interned in a camp because he came to be viewed as an enemy alien. Eventually, in May 1940 the whole family succeeded in obtaining a Canadian visa and left Paris for Montreal. Anita didn't really enjoy her first years in Montreal as she experienced strong antisemitism on one side and on the other side was rejected by fellow Jews because of her German Citizenship. In 1947, she graduated from McGill University. She got married one year later and had two children.
Accession No.
WTH-291
Name Access
Heller, Anita
Places
Karlsruhe, Germany, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
Images
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Helping the poor and elderly at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn44493
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : VCR tape : English : duration: 46.36 seconds
Fonds No.
SH-01; 215
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : VCR tape : English : duration: 46.36 seconds
Date
2001
Fonds No.
SH-01
Item No.
215
Physical Condition
Excellent
Notes
This video consists of the reading of a letter of thanks from Lily Norton to the Meals on Wheels service that is run by the Sisterhood at the Shaar Hashomayim for the elderly and invalid Congregation members.
Places
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Museum and Archives
Video Tracks
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History of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn44501
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : VCR tape : English : duration: 1 minute 4.49 seconds
Fonds No.
SH-01; 227
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
CONGREGATION SHAAR HASHOMAYIM MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
Video : VCR tape : English : duration: 1 minute 4.49 seconds
Date
2001
Fonds No.
SH-01
Item No.
227
Physical Condition
Excellent
Notes
Interview with emeritus Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat who wrote “The Gate of Heaven: The Story of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim of Montreal, 1846-1996.” A passage from the book is read.
Places
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Museum and Archives
Video Tracks
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JEDEIKIN, Leon, Montreal, speaking about his childhood in Shanghai

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn48999
Collection
LUTSKY, Leslie = Jewish Digest Radio Show.
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Fonds No.
P0161; SC 1625-44
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
LUTSKY, Leslie = Jewish Digest Radio Show.
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Date
April 16, 1999
Fonds No.
P0161
Item No.
SC 1625-44
Notes
Oral history. Interview by Leslie Lutsky. Excerpts from this recording appear in a 2020 Canadian Jewish Archives video montage called 'Jewish Life in Shanghai'.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
Video Tracks
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KATTAN, Naim - Interview by Sharon Gubbay Helfer for Quebec Dialogue Pioneers project

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn60200
Collection
GUBBAY HELFER, Sharon
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
mini video cassette
Fonds No.
P0246; SVM MC 31 20
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
GUBBAY HELFER, Sharon
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
mini video cassette
Date
May 18, 2009
Fonds No.
P0246
Item No.
SVM MC 31 20
Notes
Duration: 1:58:52. Language: French. Naim Kattan talks about his life before and after coming to Canada. In a 4 minute excerpt, he discusses his first experiences at Canadian Jewish Congress and the foundation of the Bulletin du Cercle Juif.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
Video Tracks
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Klag, Leo - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn67777
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
02:19:42
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
02:19:42
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
English
Notes
Leo Klag was born on August 16, 1920 in Berlin, Germany. He grew up in an assimilated family. As a teenager in Berlin, he witnessed the rise of antisemitism in Germany since 1933. He saw the boycott of Jewish stores on April 1, 1933, book burnings and demonstrations on the streets of Berlin. He attended the Olympic Games in 1936. During Kristallnacht, his father and brother were taken away and disappeared forever. Leo fled to Hamburg believing the situation was better there. As it was not the case, he went back to Berlin and hid in a Jewish sports complex until February 1939. At this point, he was so sick that he went to hospital where he met a man who helped him organize his immigration to England. Upon his arrival in England, he was interned in the Kitchener camp where he worked for the War Office in a wireless station, listening to communications between German submarines and their bases. After the capitulation of France, Leo was sent to the Isle of Man with other German refugees. He was then shipped to Canada in July 1940. He was interned in Fort Lennox, on the Ile-aux-Noix. After two years he was free to move to Montreal where he worked in the press business. After the war he moved to the USA for two years then went to Israel for one year. He has been back to Germany several times since the end of the war.
Accession No.
WTH-516
Name Access
Klag, Leo
Places
Berlin, Germany, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
Images
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Kotkowsky, Charles - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn67759
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:09:37
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:09:37
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
English
Notes
Charles Kotkowsky was born in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland on August 8, 1920. He says that he encountered significant antisemitism growing up. After the German invasion in September 1939, he was made to wear an armband identifying him as Jewish and became afraid to go outside. A ghetto was constructed almost immediately in Piotrkow Trybunalski. Charles worked in a glass factory and was in communication with a Jewish Resistance group. In 1942, he and his brother Shlomo were taken to a nearby labour camp. In November 1944, they were again transferred, first to the HASAG Pelzery, near Cz?stochowa, Poland, and then to Buchenwald in January 1945, where Charles was tormented and humiliated by being forced to strip naked in the freezing cold. Charles was taken on a death march to Floeszberg - a subdivision of Buchenwald - in Febuary 1945. The camp was incomplete, and Charles had to help in its construction. In April the camp was evacuated and the prisoners were placed on a train headed for Czechoslovakia. Along with seven other people, including his brother, Charles jumped off the train and successfully escaped. The group was hidden by sympathetic Czechoslovaks in Plzen, Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia). They were there hiding in a barn when they were liberated by the American Army on May 8, 1945. After the war, Charles mentioned that he was invited to what he described as a “séance,” where he witnessed captured S.S. men being beaten - one of whom was killed. His brother contracted tuberculosis and needed to be moved to a hospital in another town. Unfortunately, Charles could not stay with him in Czechoslovakia for long. He soon moved to a series of DP camps in Italy, working in a doctor’s office. In 1951, he was refused entry into the United States, but was accepted into Canada, arriving there that same year.
Accession No.
WTH-068
Name Access
Kotkowsky, Charles
Places
Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
Images
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Kutscher, Jean - Oral History of a Holocaust Survivor

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn67764
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:31:06
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video     1 image  
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
01:31:06
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Language
French
Notes
Jean Kutscher was born on January 24th, 1926 in Paris to Romanian parents. His parents had fled Romania because of antisemitism. Jean and his siblings attended a laic school and grew up in a secular home. In France, Jean and his relatives didn’t experience antisemitism before 1939. However, they knew what was going on in Germany, thanks to the news shown before movies in theatres. As a French citizen (not as a Jew), Jean was shocked by Germany invading France. At that point, several anti-Jewish laws were enacted. Jean and his siblings started to understand what it was to be Jewish. Although it was compulsory, Jean and his older brother decided not to wear the yellow star. Later on, Jews were frequently rounded up from the street. First, Jean’s father was sent to Drancy in 1941, and then his brother was arrested on the street and sent to Drancy. They were both taken to Germany to a destination unknown to their relatives. Jean’s girlfriend, who was a Gentile, helped the family and provided them with food. On September 23rd, 1942, French policemen arrested Jean, one of his brothers, his sister and his mother. At the police station, adults and children were separated. Jean lied about his age, enabling him to stay with his younger brother and sister. It was the last time they saw their mother. Jean’s sister was housed by the family of a friend while Jean and his brother left Paris. They planned to go to Lyon where one of their aunts lived. They managed to cross the line of demarcation by themselves, without a guide. Unfortunately, they couldn’t stay in their aunt’s apartment, and therefore joined the “Compagnons de France.” Jean couldn’t stand it so he returned to Paris without his brother. Jean worked as a salesman in a Parisian department store. One day, policemen came to the store and told the young men working there that they had to come back the next day with some personal belongings. They were to be sent to Germany to work in exchange for the liberation of French POW’s. This mandatory service was called “Le Service du Travail Obligatoire” (STO). The police specified that if the men did not obey, the store directors and their families would be sent to Germany. Jean was taken to Germany and worked on a barge for one year. He was treated well and people trusted him. When Jean first saw the Allies in March 1945, he was hiding in a bunker near Duisburg. He was liberated by Canadians and served as an interpreter between Canadians and Germans for one month. Upon his arrival in Paris in 1945, Jean discovered the existence of concentration and death camps. As a result, Jean enrolled in the army to go to Germany but his superiors refused to send him there. Instead, Jean was sent to Morocco in April of 1945, and later to Indochina. He returned to Paris in 1947. He married his girlfriend in 1949. Jean and his wife immigrated to Montreal where they discovered a Jewish life like they had never seen before. Since his mother’s arrest, Jean has never stopped feeling traumatized and guilty.
Accession No.
WTH-149
Name Access
Kutscher, Jean
Places
Paris, France, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Video Tracks
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LEAVITT, Dr. Joseph, re: War Orphans in 1921 - interview by Eiran Harris.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn50072
Collection
HARRIS, Eiran
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
Copied WAV, SE 016-017
Fonds No.
P0231; SC 1066-29
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 video  
Collection
HARRIS, Eiran
Description Level
Item
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
Copied WAV, SE 016-017
Date
January 16, 1989
Fonds No.
P0231
Item No.
SC 1066-29
Notes
Oral history. This entire interview is digitally copied (SE 016-17). In a 4 minute excerpt from this 88 minute interview, Dr. Joseph Leavitt discusses the Ukrainian Jewish war orphans he helped bring over to Canada in 1921.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
Video Tracks
Less detail

79 records – page 2 of 4.

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