Polish army, Polish forces in England, JIAS correspondence, photos, immigration documents, Ste-Sophie work contract (all photocopies of originals). German-born Glaser served in Free Polish army during World War II. File characteristics: Clippings and correspondence. Photocopies. Montreal-related material.
b&w with a white border. Outdoor scene. Jewish women holding flags and marching on the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. A building is seen in the background behind them with a tall lamp post in front of it. In the background, one can see a sign stating “On the day of Liberation”, a star of David as well as three flags: one with the star of David, one British flag and one American flag. The women are dressed in long dark skirts and white blouses with the exception of the two leaders who wear white blouses with light coloured pants. Narrative: The photograph was taken during a visit of the camp by a group of Polish soldiers after Liberation
b&w with a white border. Outdoor scene. A soldier in uniform is standing next to an iven previsouly used to dispose of the corpses of dead concentration camp prisoners. Narrative: The photograph was taken during a visit of the camp by a group of Polish soldiers after Liberation
b&w with a white border. A Polish soldier is leaning against the monument with his right hand resting on the side of it and his feet resting on the base of it. A wreath is positioned in front of monument and a dark cloth is set on the steps with a star of David on the cloth. The top of the monument has four sideson which a triangle with the star of David is carved. The monument contains a short script in remembrance of the thirty thousand Jews that were exterminated in the camp. Narrative: The photograph was taken during a visit of the camp by a group of Polish soldiers after Liberation.
b&w photograph with white border. A man in a Polish army uniform is standing with two women in front of a crematorium. The man is holding onto the arms of both women, as the woman in the foreground holds onto two metal poles poking out of the stove. The woman in the front is wearing light colored pants and a sweater that has RS written on it. The woman in the back is wearing a dark skirt and a light colored striped sweater. In the distance one can see a barbed wire fence. Narrative: The photograph was taken during a visit of the camp by a group of Polish soldiers after Liberation
Photograph : paper : photography ; Ht: 8 cm x W: 13,3 cm
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b&w, white border. Indoors. Group of Polish Army soldiers in training and a few civilians sharing Passover seder at U-shaped tables. In the front, second from right, is WIllie Glaser (wearing glasses). In the center, at the back table is Rabbi Major H. Melcer, the senior chaplain, wearing a white shawl. Second next to Melcer’s left is Captain Rabbi Heszel Klepfisz. Narrative: German-born Polish Jew Willie Glaser escaped Nazi Germany to be reunited with his sister in Belfast. His sister had been part of Kindertransport. In 1941, aged 20 years old, Willie enrolled in the Polish Army. In 1943, Willie Glaser was transferred to the First Polish Armoured division. On August 8, 1944, the First Polish Armoured division became an integral unit of the First Canadian Army and Willie Glaser landed along with Canadian soldiers in Normandy. From Juno beachhead they moved to Caen. Willie took part in the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Rabbi Major H. Melcer, the senior chaplain, stayed behind in the United Kingdom.
Heszel Klepfisz was born into a rabbinical family near Warsaw in 1910. He studied philosophy, history and literature at universities in Warsaw, Brussels and Zurich and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy. By the age of 19, he began writing articles in the Jewish newspapers attacking anti-Semitism in Poland. He was one of the first to warn of the menace of fascism in 1933. During World War II, Dr. Klepfisz served as a military chaplain, with the rank of Major, in the First Polish Armoured division. He fought in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. After the war, Dr. Klepfisz became Chief Rabbi of Panama. There, he was appointed Professor of Judaic Studies and History at the University of Panama. He also helped negotiate the return of the Panama Canal Zone by the United States to Panama. Dr. Klepfisz died in Israel at the age of 95.