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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Card : Paper : Printed : Ink : Beige, Black, Yellow, Red ; Ht: 5 5/8 in. x W: 3 1/2 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Card : Paper : Printed : Ink : Beige, Black, Yellow, Red ; Ht: 5 5/8 in. x W: 3 1/2 in.
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
August 9, 1944
Physical Condition
Good
Language
French
Dutch
Notes
1 page, double-sided. Folded once vertically to create a two-panel card. B&W portrait of Elise Moers-Callebaut on cover, with diagonal black, yellow and red lines at bottom right corner. Eulogy inside right panel in French and in Dutch on back cover. She was killed by Nazis one month before the Liberation in a reprisal attack. Narrative: Elise Moers-Callebaut lived in Tienen, Belgium. She was known by Tuwja (Tuwyas, Tuwia, Tuvia, Tobias) Bercowicz (Berkowicz), who 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.
2005.01.11
Name Access
Berkowicz, Jack
Places
Tienen, Belgium, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Letter : Paper : Printed, Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Blue, Black ; Ht: 10 3/4 in. x W: 8 1/2 in.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  2 images  
Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Letter : Paper : Printed, Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Blue, Black ; Ht: 10 3/4 in. x W: 8 1/2 in.
Other Title Information
Documentary Artifact
Date
May 8, 1946
Physical Condition
Good
Language
French
Notes
1 page, double-sided. Folded once horizontally and once vertically. Printed on letterhead of Clinique Dr. Moers (Clinic of Dr. Moers, trad.). Document is a letter to Tobias Berkowicz, signature of sender illegible. Contains information about local residents killed by the Nazis, particularly Elise Moers-Callebaut, and the postwar death sentencing of the killers. 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.
2005.01.10
Name Access
Berkowicz, Jack
Places
Tienen, Belgium, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Images
Less detail
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