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JHSBC Oral History Collection United States of America
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I.W. Chess and Jeanette Chess

Oral history interview with I.W. who started Chess Brothers Wholesale Fruit and Produce Company, which ran for almost 50 years. He lived in the East End of Vancouver, near Heatley Avenue. I.W. and his brother, were among the founders of Schara Tzedeck Synagogue.

Bernard Victor

Oral interview with Bernard Victor who was born in Gomel, Russia in 1893 and came to Vancouver, on April 15, 1923, from Winnipeg. Bernard was involved with Talmud Torah, B'nai B'rith, and the Jewish Literary Club. He describes living through two pogroms in Russia. He served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Europe from 1916 until 1919. His father worked for the Russian Vital Statistics Department and noticed large numbers of Jews leaving, encouraged Bernard and Bernard's brother to leave.

Rachel Morris and Harry Seidelman

Oral history interview with the Seidelman family who emigrated to Canada from Russia. Rachel Morris (nee Seidelman) and her brother Harry Seidelman describe being relatively isolated from the Jewish community as young people but they met more Jewish people in high school and became increasingly involved in community activities. Rachel's husband William Morris trained as doctor and had a private practice for a time. Rachel was involved with the Council of Jewish Women, served on the Vancouver Jewish Community Chest board. The CJW worked with the Red Cross during the Second World War.

Josephine Lancaster and Daisy Minchin

Oral history interview with Josephine Lancaster and Daisy Minchin, cousins, both were born in Victoria, in 1893 and 1892 respectively. The cousins recall the communities reaction, demolishing a number of Jewish businesses, to the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915; because Victoria's Jewish community consisted of mainly Germans and Englishmen, when they found out that Lieutenant James Dunsmuir, Jr., Robert Dunsmuir's son, has perished. Josephine is a member of the Victoria Chapter Hadassah while Daisy is associated with B'nai B'rith Auxiliary in San Francisco, in L.A. divisional president of Council of Jewish Women; Florence past president of B'nai B'rith.

Gertrude Weinrobe and Violet Franklin

Oral history interview with Gertrude Weinrobe and Violet Franklin (sisters). Their brother Nathan has the honour of being the first Jewish person buried in Mountain View Cemetery after catching Diphtheria on train into BC. Violet works for Imperial Oil and and Gertrude is a stenographer.

Sam Barrett

Oral history interview with Sam Barrett who was born in Winnipeg in 1897, fought during the First World War where he sustained a life-long eye injury.

Sylvia and Harry Ablowitz

Oral history interview with Sylvia and Harry Ablowitz. Contains discussions of Sylvia's involvement with the Ladies Auxiliary. Sylvia was a original member of Temple Emanu- El. Her father built the Sylvia Court building, now known as the Sylvia Hotel.

Harry's father was quite active in the Jewish community, B'nai Brith.

Dorothy Grossman

Oral history interview with Dorothy Grossman who was born 1893 in Montreal. She was involved with the Red Cross during the Second World War.

Bertha Krivel

Oral history interview with Bertha Krivel who was born in Montreal, 1891 though soon after moved to Hirsch colony. Bertha recounts her hardships and experiences as a elder daughter on a prairie farm.

Lily Brounstein

Oral history interview with Lily Brounstein who was born in St. Paul and whose mother and grandmother were midwifes. Lived in a Sod house in Hirsch colony.

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