500+ pages (exact page number is unknown). Cardboard cover, not bound. Cover is beige with black and blue text; a b&w drawing of a person lying down, with their hands covering their face. Interior pages are beige, the first 12 consist only of text. The remaining pages have b&w drawings of different camp scenes, with captions under each. The last 5 drawings are in colour. The book ends with a table of contents of all the included drawings.
Flying Officer Elmer Aaron was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the RCAF in Montreal in March 1942 and received his commission as a flying officer in October 1943 (in England). Flying Officer Aaron had completed 14 missions and had been forced to bail out of his ships twice before his last flight. He was participating in a raid on Tours in France and was about fifteen miles from his objective when his squadron was caught in a concentration of anti-aircraft fire. Four planes were seen to burst into flames, and it was later announced that nine craft of this squadron had failed to return. (Canadian Jews in World War II)
Guardsman Archie Adelman of Montreal, Quebec, was killed in action in France on August 11, 1944, according to an official announcement. Guardsman Adelman enlisted with the Canadian Grenadier Guards in 1941 and went overseas in 1942. He trained in England for two years. He was with the invasion forces on D-Day and was serving as a tank crew member with the 22nd Armoured Regiment in France when he lost his life. A brother, Corporal Harry Adelman, also served overseas with the R.C.E.M.E. (Canadian Jews in World War II.)
b&w, couple standing next to each other, looking in the same direction. They are the donor's paternal uncle and his wife. Narrative: In the 1920’s Serge and Sophie Philipson (nee Orbach) left Berlin for Paris due to rising antisemitism. On July 15, 1930 their daughter Rachel was born. Serge, Sophie and Rachel were Polish citizen, they never got either the German or the French citizenship. In Paris, Serge worked for Les Modes Modernes, the hat factory of his brother-in-law, Henri. When an opportunity to expand the business in Ireland arose, Serge moved to Galway. The new factory opened in July 1938. In August 1939, Sophie, Rachel, and 4 other family members (Rachel’s cousin Stéphane, his maternal grandmother Néné, Serge’s sister Esther and Serge’s sister-in-law Choura) left for Cabourg, in Normandy. After the winter 1939-1940 it became difficult to communicate with Ireland but Rachel and Sophie could still send and receive letter from Serge. At the end of winter 1940, the group moved to Néris and in July 1940, after the occupation of France by Germany, they settled in the zone libre in the village of Cauterets, on the border with Spain. They were reunited with Robert, Serge’s brother. In August 1942, 4 family members (Sophie’s sister Ella and her husband Ernest, their daughter Ruth, Serge’s siblings Robert and Esther) were arrested by local police and deported. They were not seen again. At the beginning of 1943, Sophie, her mother Augusta and Rachel moved to Maubourguet. In April 1943, they moved to Cannes in Hotel Victoria with Henri, Stéphane and Néné. Henri, Sophie and Augusta went into hiding together while cousins Stéphane and Rachel were taken care of by Néné and returned to Maubourguet. In January 1944, Henri, Sophie and Augusta were denounced and arrested. They were transferred to Marseille before being sent by train to Drancy transit camp from where they were deported. It is believed they were killed in a Polish killing centre. In 1944, Rachel moved from one place to another – under a non-Jewish identity - and continued to correspond with her father. In June 1945, she reunited with her father Ireland. They had not seen each other for 6 years. In 1951, Rachel got married. In 1954, she immigrated to Montreal.
b&w with white border, oudoor scene. Two women standing on a pebble beach, in front of sea. Alice Eckstein is on the right, wearing a white swimsuit with flowers. Pela is on the left, wearing a black swimsuit.
B&w photograph with a white boder along the lengths. An outdoor scene, in which two women are walking along La Promenade des Anglais. They are wearing dress clothes. From left to right, Alice Eckstein and Rella Eckstein are shown.
B&w photograph with a white border on three sides. An outdoor portrait of a fashionably dressed woman in black, leaning against the railing of a boardwalk known as Promenade des Anglais. The Plage des Ponchettes and the old pier can be seen in the background. The woman in the photograph is Alice Eckstein.