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BATSHAW, Justice Harry

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Collection
BATSHAW, Justice Harry
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
object
sound recording
Physical Description
Env. 62 photographs. - Env. 0.08 metres of textual records. - 7 medals. - 1 sound element.
Fonds No.
P0257
Scope and Content
Documents include a scrapbook of fragile newclippings and publicity about the United Palestine Appeal of 1940-1941; two bound volumes of Canadan Zionist, vols 7 and 8 (1939-1941); two scrapbook folders of photocopies, one of congratulatory letters from when Harry Batshaw became a judge in 1950, and…
Archival / Genealogical
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Collection
BATSHAW, Justice Harry
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
object
sound recording
Physical Description
Env. 62 photographs. - Env. 0.08 metres of textual records. - 7 medals. - 1 sound element.
Scope and Content
Documents include a scrapbook of fragile newclippings and publicity about the United Palestine Appeal of 1940-1941; two bound volumes of Canadan Zionist, vols 7 and 8 (1939-1941); two scrapbook folders of photocopies, one of congratulatory letters from when Harry Batshaw became a judge in 1950, and one of newsclippings dating from this time (These photocopies are additions to the materials already at CJ Archives in Harry Batshaw's box, ZB collection). There is an album of photographs and documents about events such as the Negev dinner honouring Harry Batshaw, and other events (JNF, Allience Israelite Universelle, Harry Batshaw Foundation, etc). The dinner photos include pictures of family members who attended. A second photo album contains mostly family photos and portraits. Among the regular sized and smaller photographs, both loose and in albums, there are several portraits of Harry Batshaw taken at various times, including in judge's robes; picture of Harry with son Lewis (aged around 9), both wearing military-style uniforms, in front of their Westmount house; picture of son Lewis Batshaw on a boat at the Lord Reading Yacht Club and a small picture of him circa 1942 (aged around 8) holding a fish at the family's country home on Lake Connolly; family pictures in album including at Yacht Club and Lake Connolly. Two large photos: group photo of the Workman's Circle of Montreal, 1940 with Harry's father identified in the group; composite photo of Jewish judges in Canada at time of Canada's Centennial in 1967. Two large rolled JNF certificates, one with several Montreal signatures. One large rolled certificate from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. One of the loose documents in the family album is the marriage certificate for Harry Batshaw and Anne Tarshis, 1928. Other loose documents in the collection include ephemera from a royal visit to Canada and materials pertaining to the Allience Israelite Universelle and other topics. Objects: 1956 Negev Dinner commemorative certificate for Harry Bartshaw, with photo and map of land, wax seal, ribbon; in wooden-cover book inside a box. 7 medals for various commemorative honours, in an open box; two are of the same type in large and small versions, René Cassin Human Rights award, Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's 1967 Centennial. One interview of Harry Batshaw on audiocassette speaking about his brother Manny, 14 minutes 30 seconds (a digital copy was made from the tape on Feb 1, 2017.)
Date
1939-2007.
Fonds No.
P0257
History Biographical
Born in 1902, Harry Batshaw was a lawyer and a judge. He was educated at McGill University and at the Sorbonne, appointed King's Counsel in 1940 and made a Judge of the Quebec Superior Court in 1950. He was the first Jew to be appointed to a Superior Court in Canada. He was very active in Jewish community issues: notably he was honorary vice-president of the Zionist Organization of Canada; secretary of the Baron de Hirsch Institute; president of Canadian Young Judea; and co­chairman of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. He helped found Amitiés culturelles Canada-Français-Israël. He died in 1984.
Custodial History
The collection was donated Sept. 9, 2016. by son Lewis Batshaw and daughter-in-law Huguette Batshaw
Notes
Alpha-numeric designations: P16/13, MCAT, PCAT.Associated material: See also Harry Batshaw collection P0007 (in CJC collection, series ZB).
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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