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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.

Dr. Susan Roy

Oral interview with Dr. Susuan Roy. Interviewed by Alissa Cartwright and 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 this interview, Dr. Roy discusses her research, including her recent, award-winning exhibition ‘c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city”; the 2012 desecration of a Musqueam burial site at c̓əsnaʔəm, or the Marpole Midden; and its relation to her work. Dr. Roy also discusses doing deeply community involved research; her role as a historian and reflects on the significance of cemeteries in her work.

Isa Milman

Oral interview with Isa Milman. 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, Isa Milman describes her memories of the vigil; her thoughts about the desecration and the community response; her personal connections to the Emanu-El cemetery; and her work to create the historical plaque that today sits outside the synagogue, as well as her participation in the 150th anniversary of Congregation Emanu-El. She also reads her poem, “Hanging the Star of David on Blanshard Street.”

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.

Rabbi Harry Brechner

Oral interview with Rabbi Harry Brechner. 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.

Rabbi Harry Brechner leads the Emanu-El Congregation in Victoria, British Columbia. After the desecration, he wrote an open letter to the Times Colonist inviting the desecrator to come clean the headstones and learn about the history of the cemetery. He also helped to arrange the vigil.

Sarah Adams

Oral Interview with Sarah Adams. 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.

Cathy Netter Bregman

Oral interview with Cathy Netter Bregman. Interviewed by Saguna Shankar for SLAIS Oral History class.

A priority for the interview was to record Cathy Bregman's knowledge about traditions and beliefs related to the Jewish life cycle. In particular, the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia (JMABC) specified an interest in documenting the burial and funerary practises in the community. Other topics of interest to JMABC are stories about Jewish faith-based groups, activities, events, and interconnections between community leaders.

Barbara Halparin

Oral interview with Barbara Halparin. Interviewed by Catherine Bellamy for SLAIS Oral History class.
Mrs Halparin is a member of Temple Sholom and is very involved with their Hesed Community, and organisation that celebrates life cycle events, such as births, marriages, bar and bat mitzvahs, and deaths, as well as provides outreach services to those in need. She also volunteers her time with Chevrah Kadishah, a service that prepares bodies for burial in keeping with Jewish law or halacha. She was the first convert to Judaism to sit on the board of the women's Chevrah Kadishah in Vancouver. A large portion of the interview was set aside for discussing Jewish death and burial traditions and customs.

Michael Livni (Max Langer)

Oral history interview with Michael Livni (formerly Max Langer). Conducted as a phone interview, with Michael in Israel, at the time preparing for the 2010 Camps exhibit. Much of the interview Michael speaks of his experiences at Camp Miriam and helped to raise funds for the existing property to be out rightly purchased, where previously it was sustainable to rent.

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