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Benditsky Family Fonds

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Collection
Benditsky Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.17m of multiple media
Fonds No.
1295
Scope and Content
The Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and ephemera related to the war time relationship and marriage of Nathan and Ruth Benditsky. The material focuses predominently on the years 1945 and 1946, during which the couple organizes their Manchester wedding and arranges Ruth's eventual immig…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Benditsky Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.17m of multiple media
Scope and Content
The Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and ephemera related to the war time relationship and marriage of Nathan and Ruth Benditsky. The material focuses predominently on the years 1945 and 1946, during which the couple organizes their Manchester wedding and arranges Ruth's eventual immigration to Canada.
Date
[between 1920 and 1985] predominent 1945-1946
Fonds No.
1295
Storage Location
JPL
Creator
Ruth Benditsky Nathan Benditsky
Conservation
Photographs and negatives found among the textual material were placed into acid-free envelopes. A single film roll was cut for preservation and placed in flat 35mm negative files.
History Biographical
Nathan Benditsky was born in Montreal on June 28th, 1918. He was one of six children born to Israel and Esther Benditsky who had emigrated from Russia in 1908. After beginning to work in family's textile trimmings business, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 along with his two brothers Samuel and Rubin. Soon stationed overseas, he met Ruth Schrager and in October 1945, the two married in Manchester, England. Travelling back to Canada in 1946, Nathan Benditsky returned to the family business, Star Pleating Inc. Nathan ran the company alongisde his brother Samuel and father, Israel. The business continued into the late 1990's moving from Rue Alymer to Mount-Royal Avenue. Ruth Benditsky (nee Schrager) was born on May 10th, 1927 in Vienna. Her parents Mortiz and Rachel Schrager, and sister Mirjam Zimmerman (nee Schrager) moved to England in 1937. After marrying, Ruth Benditsky waited a number of months before recieving her travel arrangements from the Canadian Wives' Bureau. Alongside thousands of other women, she immigrated to Canada in July 1946. Numerous relationships were initiated during World War II between Canadian military personnel and citizens living in areas where the military was stationed. Though such relationships were officially discouraged by the military, many nonetheless resulted in marriage. In 1946 the majority of newly-wed women, and some men, travelled to Canada to join their partners following the war. The estimated 48,000 war brides that made the transatlantic trip represented a significant influx of new immigrants from Britian, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany. Once Ruth and Nathan Benditsky were reunited in Montreal, they worked to bring Ruth's family to North America. Moritz and Rachel Schrager, as well as Ruth's grandmother, Rivka Monath, settled in Montreal in the late 1940's. Ruth and Nathan Benditsky raised three children, Howard Benditsky, Suzan Baron and Naomi Benditsky. Ruth Benditsky died in 1980, survived by Nathan Benditsky, who died in 1999.
Language
English
Custodial History
This material was donated to the Jewish Public Library Archives by the Benditsky Family in 2012. The material of the Fonds was in the possesion of Nathan Benditsky until his death in 1999.
Notes
The Bendisky Family Fonds was initially recieved "unsorted". In October 2012 the fonds was physically arranged to reflect the Fonds' series, as no disernable original order could be established.
Access Restriction
Material in the Benditsky Fonds is restricted to researchers with academic affiliation. Please contact the Jewish Public Library Archives for further information.
Subjects
Benditsky Family Fonds
War brides
World War, 1939-1945
Military Personnel -- Canada.
Royal Canadian Air Force
Textile industry -- Canada.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Levy Family Fonds

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Collection
Levy Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Fonds No.
1294
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Levy Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Fonds No.
1294
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Harold and Eva Levy, long-time residents of Cote St-Luc, were active community members. Mr. Levy began his career as a tailor. He later went on to manufacturing children's outwear. Items in the collection reflect the history of manufacturing in Montreal, such as the W&W pedal sewing machine. Other notable items include the 'pearly outfits' (which were costumes made for a charity event), with buttons hand sewn into elaborate designs by the Levys and their friends. The Levys were also part of the original founders of the Beth Zion congregation in Cote St-Luc. The first cheder for the congregation was held in the Levy home. Mr. Levy was also a member of the Pipe Smokers' Club of Montreal. Mr. Levy served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
Accession No.
12-019
Subjects
Levy Family
Levy, Eva (nee Bercovitch)
Levy, Harold Robert
Veterans, Jewish
World War, 1939-1945 - Veterans
World War, 1939-1945
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Mannie Lecker Fonds

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Collection
Mannie Lecker Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
.4m of mixed material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of wartime memorabilia and propaganda collected by Mr. Lecker during his service in Europe in World War II.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Mannie Lecker Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
.4m of mixed material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of wartime memorabilia and propaganda collected by Mr. Lecker during his service in Europe in World War II.
Date
1885-2005 (predominant 1942-1945)
Storage Location
7-3F 7-3G
Creator
Mannie Lecker
History Biographical
Mr. Lecker was born and raised in Montreal. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II and served as ground maintenance crew in the Air Force. Mr. Lecker was present during D-Day invasion, June 06, 1944 and marched across Europe, specifically through France, Holland and Germany. During his time in Europe, Mr. Lecker collected and saved wartime propaganda and memorabilia. Upon discharge from the Forces Mr. Lecker returned to Montreal but travelled often across Canada as a travelling salesman. Mr. Lecker passed away in Montreal in December 2007.
Custodial History
Initial donation was made in 1978 by Mr. Lecker to Paul Trepman, then director of the JPL. In 2005, Mr. Lecker was reconnected to the Library and Archives and made two further donations in 2005 and 2006. The last donation of Mr. Lecker's service medals was made in 2008 after his death.
Name Access
Lecker, Mannie, d.December 2007
Subjects
Veterans, Jewish - Canada
World War, 1939-1945 - Veterans
World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives
Medals
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Ralph Novek Collection

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Collection
Ralph Novek Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2 files of material
Fonds No.
1233
Scope and Content
Contains photocopied typescripts of Novek’s radio plays (originals destroyed) as well as copies of Progressive Theatre, Northern Review, and Today.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ralph Novek Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2 files of material
Scope and Content
Contains photocopied typescripts of Novek’s radio plays (originals destroyed) as well as copies of Progressive Theatre, Northern Review, and Today.
Date
1936-2006
Fonds No.
1233
Storage Location
7-3C, SC3
Creator
Ralph Novek
History Biographical
Ralph Novek was born to Jewish immigrant parents in Montreal on April 10, 1917. His father, Joseph Novek, left Poland in 1905 after being warned by the Russian officers that used Joseph’s father’s tailor shop that Joseph and his brother Israel were to be arrested because of their socialist Bundist activity. Joseph traveled first to England and arrived in Montreal in 1906. He married his cousin Helen Finestone in 1916. Ralph Novek married Shulamith Litman in 1939. The couple supported themselves through Shulamith’s dress designing and Ralph’s writing jobs. In 1945, Ralph Novek founded the Burns Advertising Company with Arthur Burns, running the business until his retirement. In addition to advertising, Ralph Novek also wrote radio plays for the CBC and contributed articles on theatre and progressive themes to various journals. Ralph Novek also translated into English, Benjamin Sack’s History of the Jews in Canada. Novek was related to Sack through his marriage.
Custodial History
Donated by Joel Novek, son of Ralph Novek to the JPL-A.
Notes
Stored in Small Collections Box#3 (SC3)
Name Access
Novek, Ralph
Subjects
Plays
Playwriting
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sack, Benjamin Gutelius
Radio plays
Progressive Theatre (Journal)
Anti-fascism - Drama
World War, 1939-1945 - Drama
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Sholem Krishtalka Collection

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Collection
Sholem Krishtalka Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3.76 linear metres of multiple media
Fonds No.
1099
Scope and Content
Consists of personal documents from the Krishtalka family, correspondence and ephemeral and organizational material from international and Jewish Montreal organizations such as UJPO, YKUF and the Jewish Public Library. Also contains numerous posters and flyers for theatre, arts and musical present…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sholem Krishtalka Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3.76 linear metres of multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of personal documents from the Krishtalka family, correspondence and ephemeral and organizational material from international and Jewish Montreal organizations such as UJPO, YKUF and the Jewish Public Library. Also contains numerous posters and flyers for theatre, arts and musical presentations in Jewish Montreal.
Date
1929-1978
Fonds No.
1099
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Cultural activitist, Sholem Krishtalka was born in Ludmir, Poland on February 4, 1905. He received his education at Hebrew Tarbut School where he studied Talmud, Kabalah and mysticism. Krishtalka's academic interests though also ran towards Yiddish literature, music, folklore, social sciences and history. Krishtalka arrived in Montreal in 1933 and immediately became active in IKUF (Yidisher Kultur Farband) as well as the United Jewish People's Order, the Jewish Public Library, and various book committees that supported the publications of Yiddish authors and poets. For the JPL he was a major part of the building campaign that saw the construction of the Library's "new" building on the corner of Mont-Royal and Esplanade. His passion for the culture and politics of the Jewish community extended to collecting the ephemera, posters, and articles produced by its citizens and organizations. Sholem Krishtalka's son, Aaron Krishtalka, remembers his father removing posters and flyers from walls specifically to preserve the event and information for future generations. His interests influenced his collecting habits and as a result his archival collection consists of a wide variety of social ephemeral from political movements, labour rights efforts, philanthropic endeavours, theatre, music, literature and so on. He collected various ephemeral materials also with the help of his wife, Shifra, who was a writer, teacher, and sister to fellow Yiddish writers and teachers, Jacob Zipper, and Sholem, Yehiel, and Israel Shtern. After World War II ended Mr. Krishtalka became involved in actively helping victims of the Holocaust. Sholem Krishtalka passed away on August 16, 1977.
Language
English
Yiddish
Subjects
Krishtalka, Sholem
Krishtalka, Shifra
Theatrical Productions.
Theatre
Yiddish theatre
Labour movement
Labour and labouring classes
Refugees - Canada
World War, 1939-1945
United Jewish People's Order (UJPO)
Yidisher Kultur Farband (YKUF)
Monument-National Theatre [Montreal].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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