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JHSBC Oral History Collection Victoria
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Ben Grossman

Oral history interview with Ben Grossman who was born in 1885 in Russia. He emigrated to Winnipeg with his family, moving later to Victoria and finding working as a car salesman. He served in the British Army during the First World War, notably in Libya as a mechanic.

Bertha Baron

Oral history with Bertha Baron who arrived in Canada 1907 from Minsk, Russia; settled in Rumsey, Alberta. In this interview she discusses her involvement in the Victoria Jewish community and reflects on Zionism.

Brett Silberg

Oral interview with Brett Silberg. Interviewed by Debby Freiman. Brett talks about his family's history in South Africa, education, and the Apartheid. He arrived in Canada as a student before eventually immigrating and finding a renewed interest in Judaism.

Brigitte McKenzie

Oral interview with Brigitte McKenzie.Interviewed by Kaitlin Findlay for University of Victoria Public History class project.

Interview is about the desecration of the Emanu-El cemetary in Victoria in 2011; explores how the community reacted to this event and the role of historians in preserving historic sites such as this.

In the interview, Brigitte describes her memories of the desecration; her thoughts about the vigil and the community response; her personal valuation of the Emanu-El cemetery as a neighbor who appreciates the cemetery’s beautiful appearance as well as its sacred and historical resonance; her opinion on what historians can do in the wake of such an event; and her own experiences with the sacredness of cemeteries.

Charlayne Thornton-Joe

Oral interview with Charlayne Thornton-Joe. Interviewed by Alissa Cartwright for University of Victoria Public History class project.

Interview is about the desecration of the Emanu-El cemetary in Victoria in 2011; explores how the community reacted to this event and the role of historians in preserving historic sites such as this.

In the interview, Charlayne Thornton-Joe describes her initial reaction to hearing about the desecration; her memories of the vigil; her caretaking role at the Chinese cemetery on Harling Point in Victoria; her work with the Intercultural Association, which included leading cemetery walks in Victoria; her own personal experiences with racism and with anti-racism work; her thoughts on the importance of cemeteries; and her opinions on what historians can do to respond to instances of historical desecration.

Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross

Oral interview with Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross. Interviewed by Kaitlin Findlay for University of Victoria Public History class project.

Interview is about the desecration of the Emanu-El cemetary in Victoria in 2011; explores how the community reacted to this event and the role of historians in preserving historic sites such as this.

In the interview, Dr. Stanger-Ross describes his involvement with the Emanu-El congregation; his work on an exhibit for the congregation's 150th anniversary; and his experience of the desecration and vigil. Dr. Stanger-Ross also shares his perspective on the event as a historian; the relation between racism, intolerance and his own research; and reflects on the importance of commemorating historic places in his own research on the forced sale of Japanese Canadian property during and after the Second World War.

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