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Collection
Montreal Holocaust Museum
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Letter : Paper : Printed, Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Blue, Black ; Ht: 10 5/8 in. x W: 8 1/4 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Montreal Holocaust Museum
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Letter : Paper : Printed, Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Blue, Black ; Ht: 10 5/8 in. x W: 8 1/4 in.
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
November 20, 1950
Physical Condition
Good
Language
French
Notes
2 pages, double-sided. Letter to Tobias and Chana Berkowicz from J. Leumartin ? in Bernac-Dessus, France. Written on letterhead of the Town Hall of Bernac-Dessus. Letter gives news of sender's family and other village affairs, as well as their recent illness. Offers congratulations for the recent birth of the Berkowicz's third child, a boy. Narrative: Tuwja (Tuwyas, Tuwia, Tuvia, Tobias) Bercowicz (Berkowicz) was the father of the donor, Jack (Jacques) Berkowicz. Born in Vilna, Tuwyas immigrated to Belgium in 1933 and when Belgium fell to Nazi Germany in 1940, he fled to France, hoping to reach Morocco by boat from Marseilles. The donor's mother, Chana (Chane, Annie) (Trompeter) Berkowicz, born in Mielec, Poland, was living in Vienna, Austria with her parents and two sisters. In 1938, after the German annexation of Austria, the family fled, driving to France via Belgium. Tuwyas and Chana met in Lyon, France in 1941 and married. Their daughter Dorothée was born in 1942. The family attempted to flee France by boat in Marseilles, but were stopped by Vichy police. They fled Marseilles and went south, into the Pyrenees region, living in various small vilages. Their son Jack was born in Bernac-Dessus in 1944. The family survived the war and returned to Brussels from 1945-1948, and then immigrated to Canada with the help of the American Joint Distribution Committee. They were sponsored by Tuwyas' sister Luba, who was already living in Halifax. The Berkowicz family settled in Montreal.
Accession No.
2005.01.12
Name Access
Berkowicz, Jack
Places
Bernac-Dessus, France, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Museum
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Collection
Montreal Holocaust Museum
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Envelope : Paper : Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Black, Blue, Green ; Ht: 4 3/8 in. x W: 5 3/4 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  2 images  
Collection
Montreal Holocaust Museum
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Envelope : Paper : Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Black, Blue, Green ; Ht: 4 3/8 in. x W: 5 3/4 in.
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
1939-November 21, 1950
Physical Condition
Good
Language
French
Notes
1 envelope. Two postage stamps affixed at top right corner: one b&w 50 franc stamp and one blue and white 40 franc stamp next to it, both with scenes of mountainous landscapes. At bottom left, two identical green-and-white 2 franc stamps affixed vertically, one on top of the other. Ink stamps at bottom left and top placed over postal stamps. Envelope addressed in blue ink to Mr. and Mrs. Berkowicz in Montreal. Sender's name and address, also in blue ink, along top edge of verso. Sent by Miss Leumartin in Bernac-Dessus, France. Narrative: Tuwja (Tuwyas, Tuwia, Tuvia, Tobias) Bercowicz (Berkowicz) was the father of the donor, Jack (Jacques) Berkowicz. Born in Vilna, Tuwyas immigrated to Belgium in 1933 and when Belgium fell to Nazi Germany in 1940, he fled to France, hoping to reach Morocco by boat from Marseilles. The donor's mother, Chana (Chane, Annie) (Trompeter) Berkowicz, born in Mielec, Poland, was living in Vienna, Austria with her parents and two sisters. In 1938, after the German annexation of Austria, the family fled, driving to France via Belgium. Tuwyas and Chana met in Lyon, France in 1941 and married. Their daughter Dorothée was born in 1942. The family attempted to flee France by boat in Marseilles, but were stopped by Vichy police. They fled Marseilles and went south, into the Pyrenees region, living in various small vilages. Their son Jack was born in Bernac-Dessus in 1944. The family survived the war and returned to Brussels from 1945-1948, and then immigrated to Canada with the help of the American Joint Distribution Committee. They were sponsored by Tuwyas' sister Luba, who was already living in Halifax. The Berkowicz family settled in Montreal.
Accession No.
2005.01.13
Name Access
Berkowicz, Jack
Places
Bernac-Dessus, France, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Museum
Images
Less detail
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