Item 20.12-05 - Isaac Messinger

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Isaac Messinger

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CA JMABC A.1971.001-20.12-05

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  • March 30, 2012 (Creation)

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Born digital audio (1:35)

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Oral history interview with Isaac Messinger. He was born in Poland in 1929. During the war he was moved to Siberia, Russia. Later in the war he became a chauffeur for a General in the Polish Army, he was 16 or 17 at the time. After the war he ended up in Germany and was a pickpocketing. He got sent to an American school in Germany that was teaching children that were going to immigrate to North America, but he couldn’t sit still in class, so they gave him a job in the garage where he learnt English with the Americans that worked there. He came to Canada at age 18 or 19. He got a job as a tin smith, then he got a job as a carnie and made his way to Vancouver where he worked at the PNE. He eventually opened a steak Restaurant and ran it for a while. He talks about Casinos and Las Vegas. He talks about how he met his wife and their life together.

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Interviewers: Shane Foxman and Jonathan Barnett

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Interview Place: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Birthplace: Poland

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