Family register : Paper : Printed, Handwritten : Ink : Brown, Black, Red, Purple ; Ht: 6,5 in. x W: 4,25 in.
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June 22, 1942-November 18, 1950
12 pages, Bound with staples, brown cardboard cover. Document registering the civil status of the Karasin-Hasfeld family. Dated 1942, numbered 26. Page 3 contains details of the marriage of Chaim Karasin and Ruchla Hasfeld, in Graulhet, France, on June 22, 1942. Pages 5 and 6 contain information about their children: Béatriex (Beatrice) Luba; Hélène-Myriame; Ruth; and Joseph Ruben. Beatrice was born in France in 1941, the other three children were born in Belgium after the war. Narrative: This document was the family register of the donor, her parents and her three siblings. The family survived the war in Belgium, France and Switzerland.
B&w photograph with a white border. An outdoor scene, in which a family is walking along the Promande des Anglais in Nice on a sunny day. From left to right, Maurice Shenkier, Sam Shenkier, Alice Eckstein and Irene Eckstein Gruenstein are shown.
Narrative: Sam Shenkier and Alice Eckstein were the donor's parents. Irene Eckstein Gruenstein was related to the donor's mother, but it is unclear what kind of family relation they had.
B&w photograph with a white border. An outdoor family portrait of four people standing in front of Steen Castle in Antwerp. A man, two women and a boy are posing near a tower. The young boy is wearing a school uniform, while the others are in dress clothes. From left to right, Maurice Eckstein, Henia Greenspan Eckstein, Alice Eckstein and Maurice Shenkier are shown.
Narrative: At the time that the photograph was taken, the donor was 9 years old. Alice Eckstein was the donor's mother. Maurice Eckstein was her brother and the donor's uncle. Henia Greenspan Eckstein was Maurice Eckstein's wife and the donor's aunt.
Color photograph. An outdoor scene, in which a family is standing on the grass in front of their house. There are three women and one man. The man is holding up a sign that reads Dec. 30th, 1979. Those depicted in the photograph are Maurice Shenkier, his wife and his two daughters.
B&w photograph with a white border. An outdoor portrait, in which a family is standing on a sidewalk, directly in front of a wall. There are two women, a man and two children depicted. The young girl and boy are holding flags that say SoLo. From left to right, Heidi Eckstein, Lizzie Eckstein, Sam Shenkier, Maurice Shenkier and Alice Eckstein are shown. Narrative: Sam Shenkier and Alice Eckstein were the donor's parents. Heidi Eckstein was the donor's aunt and the mother of Lizzie Eckstein, the donor's cousin.
Letters and postcards some handwritten and some typed. Letters and postcards were send by and to members of Mauer family and Zarkower family between members of the family living in Poland and others who had immigrated to Canada and the United States of America. Correspondence spans from 1939 to 1948.
Narrative: Biographical note: Erika Maltin nee Zarkower is the daughter of Leon (Lonio) Zarkower born in 1900 and Mina Zarkower née Mauer born on March 25, 1899. she has an older sister named Bronia and a younger brother called Arian. They came from Makymowka, Poland and immigrated to Canada on May 1939 as farmers.
When Erika's family still lived in Poland, the paternal grandparents, Jakob Zarkower and Dina Zarkower lived in a close by village named Stryjuwka.
Family register : printed, handwritten : red:beige, green, gold, black ; Ht: 19 cm x W: 12.5 cm
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Hardcover red booklet with gold decoration, containing 18 pages. Inside cover is yellow with gold decorations and the first page is pale green. The details are handwritten in black ink certifiying the marriage of Mindla Elgarten and Icek Rabinowicz. The birthdates of their two children: Daniel and Elise Rabinowicz are recorded on page two. Narrative: Donor is the son of Icek Rabinowicz and Mindla Rabinowicz (born Elgarten). Mindla was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1923 and immigrated to Brussels with her family in 1926. Icek was born in 1919 in Ciechanow, Poland and immigrated to Belgium with his family at the age of 10. The two met through a Jewish youth group. They survived the war in Belgium by concealing their Jewish Identity and carrying false identification papers. They were also both members of the Belgian Resistance movement where they distributed false identification papers to other Jews in Belgium. They married in Brussels in 1946 and had two children, Daniel and Élise Rabinowicz. They immigrated to Canada in 1951, settling in Montréal, where Icek found work in his profession as a pursemaker. Mindla later went to University and obtained a degree as a translator. Mindla had two younger siblings and only her brother survived by hiding at a clergy house. Her sister was arrested by Germans and sent to a concentration camp where she was presumably killed.
B&w photograph with a white border. An outdoor portrait of a family standing on a beach in Blankenberg. Two men, a women and two children are depicted. Both children are sitting on donkeys. From left to right, Alice Eckstein, Adine Irgang, Herman Shenkier, Maurice Shenkier and Sam Shenkier are shown. Narrative: Alice Eckstein and Sam Shenkier were the donor's parents. Herman Shenkier was Sam Shenkier's brother and donor's uncle. He left Wiesbaden, Germany in 1933 and stayed in Mechelen, Belgium until his deportation to Auschwitz. Adine Irgang was the donor's cousin.
Indoor, group portrait. Five adults from the Minzberg family pose together. On top right is Tonia Minzberg and at the bottom left is Miriam Kaminska. They were both saved by righteous gentile family friend Jan Mlynarczyk. Narrative: Jan Mlynarczyk was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations in 1990 for his rescue of a Jewish family in a small shtetl named Koszyce (Poland). The seven family members he saved were Tonia Lowenstein, Chana Minzberg, Dina Minzberg, Mania (Miriam) Lowenstein, Hadasa Kaminska Mandelbaum, Asher Mandelbaum and Dina Mandelbaum Spiegel. Mlynarczyk provided false Christian identity papers as well as hiding places for them. They are believed to be the only surviving Jews of their village.
Outdoor, group portrait. 5 people pose in a garden. On the front row, sitted, are Shlomo and Tania Minzberg. Standing behind them are Dina, Chana and Morris Minzberg. Dina, Chana and Tonia were rescued by gentile friend Jan Mlynarczyk. Narrative: Jan Mlynarczyk was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations in 1990 for his rescue of a Jewish family in a small shtetl named Koszyce (Poland). The seven family members he saved were Tonia Lowenstein, Chana Minzberg, Dina Minzberg, Mania (Miriam) Lowenstein, Hadasa Kaminska Mandelbaum, Asher Mandelbaum and Dina Mandelbaum Spiegel. Mlynarczyk provided false Christian identity papers as well as hiding places for them. They are believed to be the only surviving Jews of their village.