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Sidney Ofner Collection

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn16718
Collection
Sidney Ofner Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2 folders of textual material ; 1 CD
Scope and Content
Contains the publication Sidney Ofner: A Soldier’s Story, 1942-1944, compiled by Suzan Horovitch, as well as copies of the letters written by Sidney Ofner and a CD copy of the book.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sidney Ofner Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2 folders of textual material ; 1 CD
Scope and Content
Contains the publication Sidney Ofner: A Soldier’s Story, 1942-1944, compiled by Suzan Horovitch, as well as copies of the letters written by Sidney Ofner and a CD copy of the book.
Date
1992-1995
Storage Location
7-3C
Creator
Suzan Horovitch
History Biographical
In 1993 Suzan Horovitch (née Green) began the task of typing out her uncle Sidney Ofner’s letters, written home to Montreal during his station in Europe in World War II. Sidney Ofner was in Italy when he was killed supporting a trench on January 15, 1944. Suzan Horovitch and her husband Art spent several years compiling into a book the letters as well as official Canadian Forces correspondence regarding Sidney. The Horovitch’s also tracked down and contacted several veterans whom had served with Sidney in order to gather all information possible on his time in the army and his death. Sidney Ofner was the only son of Alexander and Tillie Ofner, both of Montreal. Mr. Ofner ran a women’s ready-to-wear garment store, in which Sidney also worked. He was a graduate of Strathcona Academy. Sidney enlisted in the Victoria Rifles of Canada in 1942, going overseas in 1943. He was later stationed to North Africa with a reinforcement regiment and then with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Italy in the fall of 1943. Sidney’s sister Marjorie, mother of Leona (mentioned in the letters) and Suzan) saved all of the letters from her brother.
Custodial History
Transferred to the JPL-A by Suzan Horovitch
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Copper Portrait Collection

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn33802
Collection
Copper Portrait Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 framed copper portraits
Scope and Content
The collection consists of four copper portraits of prominent Jewish leaders Theodor Herzl (2), Nahum Sokolow and Chaim Weizmann. The portraits were given out as subscription premiums by the Jewish Daily Eagle and Canadian Jewish Chronicle.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Copper Portrait Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 framed copper portraits
Scope and Content
The collection consists of four copper portraits of prominent Jewish leaders Theodor Herzl (2), Nahum Sokolow and Chaim Weizmann. The portraits were given out as subscription premiums by the Jewish Daily Eagle and Canadian Jewish Chronicle.
Storage Location
JPL
Language
English
Yiddish
Name Access
Herzl, Theodor
Sokolow, Nahum
Weizmann, Chaim
Subjects
Canadian Jewish Chronicle
Jewish Daily Eagle
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Galecian Ladies Aid Association Fonds

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Collection
Galecian Ladies Aid Association Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Physical Description
10cm of textual records, 1 audiocasette
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of two files. The first contains the minutes of the Galecian Ladies Aid Association from the 1940s to 1980s, in loose leaf and bound formats. The second file contains documents and photocopies of documents pertaining to Tema Lang, the longtime secretary and treasurer of the organ…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Galecian Ladies Aid Association Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Physical Description
10cm of textual records, 1 audiocasette
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of two files. The first contains the minutes of the Galecian Ladies Aid Association from the 1940s to 1980s, in loose leaf and bound formats. The second file contains documents and photocopies of documents pertaining to Tema Lang, the longtime secretary and treasurer of the organization, and her husband Joseph Lang. The file contains the Polish passport of Tema Lang. Also included in the fonds is an audiocassette recording of the eulogy for Tema Lang.
Storage Location
JPL
Physical Condition
Bound minute books in poor condition
Conservation
Several rolled certificates in need of flattening
Language
Yiddish
English
French
Polish
Name Access
Lang, Tema
Lang, Joseph
Subjects
Galecian Ladies Aid Association
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Witness to History Collection

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn60296
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
536 video recordings
Scope and Content
The Witness to History program consists of a growing collection of interviews (as of January 20, 2014). The collection counts 536 testimonies: 511 Holocaust survivors (A Holocaust survivor is anyone who suffered and survived persecution for racial and religious, reasons while under Nazi or Axis con…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
WITNESS TO HISTORY COLLECTION (MHMC-02)
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
536 video recordings
Scope and Content
The Witness to History program consists of a growing collection of interviews (as of January 20, 2014). The collection counts 536 testimonies: 511 Holocaust survivors (A Holocaust survivor is anyone who suffered and survived persecution for racial and religious, reasons while under Nazi or Axis control between 1933 and May 8, 1945; or who was forced to live in hiding; or to flee Nazi or Axis onslaught before and during World War Two in order to avoid imminent persecution.); 15 World War Two veterans; 6 Holocaust survivors who are also World War Two veterans; 1 Rescuer; 3 Others. Testimony has been taken from survivors of the ghettos, hidden children, labour camp, concentration camp and death camp prisoners, partisans, liberators, and rescuers. The records accurately reflect the personal history of each of the interviewees, and become a priceless resource for further research and teaching related to Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
Date
1994-Present
Creator
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
History Biographical
The Witness to History project was developped by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. The first interviews were conducted in the spring of 1994. The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre’s objective in inaugurating this programme was to record and document as many of the survivors’ histories and experiences as resources permitted. Videotaped interviews are conducted by trained interviewers with emphasis on the survivors’ Holocaust experiences as well as their pre-war lives and their often remarkable post-war efforts to reconstruct normality into their lives in Canada. The Centre’s objective is to continue the Project and provide the facility for those of the Montreal area survivors still willing to come forth and record their experiences towards the education of future generations.
Language
English
Hebrew
French
Hungarian
Russian
Yiddish
Accession No.
2014X.02.01
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association of Montreal

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Collection
Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association of Montreal
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.3m. multiple media
Fonds No.
1006
Scope and Content
Consists of mainly textual records of association activities such as membership lists, anniversary gatherings, etc. Includes correspondence and scrapbooks.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association of Montreal
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.3m. multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of mainly textual records of association activities such as membership lists, anniversary gatherings, etc. Includes correspondence and scrapbooks.
Fonds No.
1006
Storage Location
1-2B
History Biographical
At the initiative of Joseph Rosensaft a meeting was held in New York in December 1961 of Bergen-Belsen survivors. It was decided at that time that a World Federation of Bergen-Belsen survivors would be formed with associations in all cities where there were numbers of survivors present. As a result in early 1962 an association was formed in Montreal with Paul Trepman as president. The aims were the following: A. Making sure that neither the world nor the Jews ever forgot the Holocaust; B. Wage a continuous fight against Neo-Nazi groups and organizations; C. Offer brotherly aid to former Bergen-Belsen inmates who are in need; D. Keep alive the heroic and rich Bergen-Belsen tradition. The association met a number of times a year, although the main focus was the Liberation Rally, which took place on or around April 15th, the date of the Bergen-Belsen camp was liberated by the armed forces. Some of the other activities of the association were the erection of a monument in a local Jewish cemetery and a trip back to Belsen on the 25th anniversary of the liberation.
Language
English
Yiddish
French
Custodial History
Transferred by Paul Trepman, former director of the Jewish Public Library and a leader in the Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association.
Reproduction Restrictions
May contain materials restricted due to Copyright.
Subjects
Bergen Belsen (Germany: Concentration camp)
Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association
Displaced persons
Trepman, Paul.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Sarah E. Fischer Collection

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn30235
Collection
Sarah Fischer Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.6m
Fonds No.
1017
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of recital programmes, correspondence, printing blocks and some photographs.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sarah Fischer Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.6m
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of recital programmes, correspondence, printing blocks and some photographs.
Date
1913-1975
Fonds No.
1017
Storage Location
4-5A
4-5B
History Biographical
Sarah Fischer was born in Paris, France, moved as a young girl to England, where she attended grade school. At the age of 13 she and her parents (1909) came to Canada and they settled in Montreal. In Montreal, Fischer was employed as a long distance operator during the day and at night took free singing lessons at the Monument Nationale. In 1917, Fischer won the Strathcona Award which enabled her to go to London, England on a three-year scholarship at the Royal College of Music. She left Montreal in 1919 and with a few interruptions spent the next 21 years of her life abroad. She sang in major opera houses in Europe, gave numerous radio recitals and concerts and achieved good reviews. She was considered a most lyrical soprano with a beautiful appearance and good acting ability. In 1940 she returned to Montreal. For the next 35 years, until she died on May 3, 1975, Fischer spent most of her time orgnanizing the Sarah Fischer Concerts where young musicians got a chance to appear in public and show their talent. Many prominent Canadian musicians got their start with these concerts.
Language
English
Related Material
Related photographs in the JPL Photograph Collection. Larger collection of Sarah Fischer housed at the Library and Archives of Canada.
Accession No.
00-004
Name Access
Fischer, Sarah E., 1896-1975
Subjects
Musicians
Places
Montreal (Quebec)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Jewish Junior Welfare League Collection

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn30236
Collection
Jewish Junior Welfare League Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2.1m of textual material and other material
Fonds No.
1022
Scope and Content
This collection consists of office records pertaining to Jewish Junior Welfare League activities, correspondence and material related to these activities, material published or collected by the JJWL, certificates and awards they have received and multiple media material.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Jewish Junior Welfare League Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2.1m of textual material and other material
Scope and Content
This collection consists of office records pertaining to Jewish Junior Welfare League activities, correspondence and material related to these activities, material published or collected by the JJWL, certificates and awards they have received and multiple media material.
Date
1926-1984
Fonds No.
1022
Storage Location
JPL
Creator
Jewish Junior Welfare League
History Biographical
The Jewish Junior Welfare League was founded in 1926 by 26 young ladies who were dedicated to the ideal of community service. The league's objective from the start were: A. To train and educate its members as able volunteers. B. To sustain by means of volunteer service and financial assistance a number of worthy projects eeded by the community. C. To keep members enlightened on all issues within the scope of the social, economic and cultural welfare of the community. Projects over the years included volunteering in hospitals, schools & developing recreational programs for young and old, healthy and sick. The league reached its zenith in the 1960s with a membership of 300. By the mid 1970s problems began to beset them, however. Their ranks became depleted as more and more women chose to go to work, and many of the needs they were filling were taken over by government agencies. June 19, 1984 at the annual meeting the decision to disband was taken.
Language
English
Custodial History
Transferred from the Jewish Junior Welfare League.
Notes
The fonds also includes objects. Title based on the content of the collection.
Access Restriction
Some privacy restrictions may apply.
Reproduction Restrictions
Some copyright restrictions may apply.
Accession No.
00-126
Name Access
Jewish Junior Welfare League
Subjects
Volunteers
Women's organizations
Philanthropy
Places
Montreal (Quebec)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Images
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Jewish Labour Committee Fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn68993
Collection
Jewish Labour Committee Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.9 m of textual records
Fonds No.
1023
Scope and Content
This fond consists mainly of working documents such as correspondence and financial papers, predominantly from the late 1940s to the 1970s. The documents deals with the advocacy activities of the JLC such as bringing refugees over to Montreal and later raising money to aid Pakistani refugees. Hig…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Jewish Labour Committee Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.9 m of textual records
Scope and Content
This fond consists mainly of working documents such as correspondence and financial papers, predominantly from the late 1940s to the 1970s. The documents deals with the advocacy activities of the JLC such as bringing refugees over to Montreal and later raising money to aid Pakistani refugees. Highlights of the fonds include correspondence between David Lewis, then secretary of the CCF, his father Moishe Lewis, and Kalman Kaplansky, both labour leaders in Montreal’s Workmen’s Circle and JLC.
Fonds No.
1023
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
In 1934, leaders in the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the Workmen’s Circle, the Jewish Daily Forward Association, the Jewish Socialist Verband and others gathered in New York’s lower east side to form the Jewish Labor Committee. The formation of the JLC was in response to the ever-growing threat of fascism in Europe. The group publicly campaigned to raise awareness of the plight of European Jewry, raised funds for partisan fighters, brought over thousands of political and cultural leaders – both Jews and non-Jews, and immediately after the war assisted in relief efforts and provided support in bringing over refugees. Jewish Labour Committees both in the United States and Canada extended their wartime work in the 1950s by campaigning against discrimination among workers as well as human rights activism on a global scale. In Montreal, the Jewish Labour Committee actively participated in pressuring the government to adopt human rights legislation at the provincial level. In 1947, the Canadian government selected two members of the JLC, Bernard Shane and Maurice Silcoff, to travel to Europe to select skilled immigrants as refugees. Both men were temporarily named colonels of the Canadian army so that they could travel more easily across war ravaged Europe. The task of bringing over skilled garment workers to Canada was no mean feat but the efforts had far reaching implications since workers were then able to bring over family members. The Jewish Labor Committee of Canada Bulletin for 1975, on reporting the death of Bernard Shane, placed the number of families brought to Canada through the work of the JLC at over 2,000.
Language
English
Yiddish
French
Access Restriction
Some material restricted due to privacy.
Related Material
Workmen's Circle Fonds
CCF Fonds (Small Collections)
Lea Roback Fonds
Accession No.
00-078
Subjects
Labour
Labour and labouring classes
Labour leaders
Labour movement
Displaced persons
Refugee camps.
Tailors
Jewish Labour Committee (Montreal, Quebec)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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North End Wilkomirer Hebrew Sick Benefit Association

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn38324
Collection
North End Wilkomirer Hebrew Sick Benefit Association
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.2m of textual records
Fonds No.
1030
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of administrative and financial records of the Association as well as records of its participation and interaction with various Montreal Jewish community organizations.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
North End Wilkomirer Hebrew Sick Benefit Association
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.2m of textual records
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of administrative and financial records of the Association as well as records of its participation and interaction with various Montreal Jewish community organizations.
Fonds No.
1030
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Landsmanschaft organizations proliferated in the Jewish community after World War 1. The North End Hebrew Sick Benefit Society was established in 1917. In 1925, it amalgamated with three other similar associations: the Manchester Welfare Association, the Wilkomirer Hebrew Sick Benefit Association and the Beth Yerushalayim Synagogue, which possessed a cemetary. A charter was granted by the Quebec government on December 8, 1925. The purposes for which the organization was established remained the same until the end: fraternity, sick benefits, death benefits, cemetery grounds for members and their families and to contribute to charitable, religious and welfare organizations in Montreal and Israel. The charter granted by the Quebec government was withdrawn from all such organizations in 1976 when the social and medical services were taken over by the government. The only function left in the hands of the organizations were death benefits and cemetery grounds.
Language
English
Yiddish
Subjects
North End Wilkomirer Hebrew Sick Benefit Association
Sick Benefit Associations
Health care.
Cemeteries.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Allan Raymond Collection

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn31559
Collection
Allan Raymond Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
16 linear metres of multiple media
Fonds No.
1034
Scope and Content
Consists of numerous series and sub-series from individuals, families, organizations and businesses from within the Jewish community of Montreal. Includes various forms of records such as correspondence, photographs, artefacts and ledgers.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Allan Raymond Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
16 linear metres of multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of numerous series and sub-series from individuals, families, organizations and businesses from within the Jewish community of Montreal. Includes various forms of records such as correspondence, photographs, artefacts and ledgers.
Fonds No.
1034
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Allan Raymond (1922- ) was born in Lithuania and came to Montreal in 1928. He is a researcher and lecturer of Canadian Jewish history and an avid collector of Canadian Judaica. Raymond also considered himself a romantic poet. He had a successful career as an insurance broker in Montreal and during World War II served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Amongst his varied community activities he served as public relations director of the Westmount Historical Association, Montreal Jewish Historical Society, St. James Literary Society, One Parent Families Association, Parents Without Partners Association, the YMHA Chaverim Group, Avant Garde Singles Group and S-Group. Mr. Raymond conducted research for the Montreal Gazette's "Great Montreal Walks" as well as for the television documentary "Six Decades." Many of his historical documents and photographs were exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Universite de Montreal, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Shaar Hashomayim Congregation and the Jewish Public Library. He has delivered a series of illustrated lectures dealing with Canadian Judaica at the former Saidye Bronfman Centre among other institutions. This collection was accumulated by Allan Raymond over a period of thirty-five years. Most of the collection held at the Jewish Public Library was donated in 1993 and again in 1999. Mr. Raymond continues in his collecting as well as donations of material to the Jewish Public Library Archives to this day.
Language
English
Yiddish
French
Hebrew
Custodial History
Received by the Jewish Public Library by Allan Raymond in 1993 and 1999.
Arrangement
Each series arranged individual to the specific family, person, institution, business or organization. Also includes materials arranged based on format such as "artefacts."
Access Restriction
Some restrictions may apply due to Privacy legislation.
Reproduction Restrictions
Some restrictions may apply due to Copyright legislation.
Finding Aid
Original finding aid available in JPL-A.
Subjects
Abramowitz, Herman
Abramowitz, Tess (nee Bokar)
Montreal (Quebec) - Buildings, structures, etc.
Montreal (Quebec) - Street scenes
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Images
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