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Lolita Aaron

Interview with Lolita Aaron. Interviewed by Irene Dodeck. Lolita talks about her family's history, her mother's involvement with Zionism, life under the Apartheid, and her career as an early childhood educator. She discusses her family's decision to immigrate to Vancouver, life in the city, and her volunteer work at the hospice.

Doris Schlosberg

Interview with Doris Schlosberg. Interviewed by Cindy Rozen. Doris talks about her family's history, life in South Africa, and her eventual immigration to Canada. She compares life in South Africa to Canada and discusses differences in Jewish life, race, sex, and education.

Irma Schneider

Oral history interview with Irma Schneider, interviewed by Cindy Rozen. Irma speaks on her family’s history as well as her early life and adolescence in East London, South Africa. When she was married, she lived in Cape Town, where her children were also born, and in 1980 she immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. She details her family’s and her own experience with immigration and speaks about her marriage and her children.

William Katzin

Interview with William Katzin. Interviewed by Bill Gruenthal. William talks about his family's history and compares Jewish life in Cape Town to Vancouver. William talks extensively about Jewish education and reflects upon the role of Judaism on his life. He also discusses his career as an accountant, and his wife's career as a travel agent.

Stan Shear

Interview with Stan Shear. Interviewed by Michelle Mina. Stan talks about his family's history and Jewish heritage, and compares life in Canada to South Africa. Now a retired electrical engineer, Stan frequently contributes to the Vancouver Jewish community through his music.

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.

Michael Elterman

Oral interview with Michael Elterman. Interviewed by Laura Zitron. Michael talks about his family and their involvement with the Jewish community in Cape Town, and his move to Canada as a graduate student. He compares Jewish life between Cape Town and Vancouver, noting differences in denominations and ethnic divisions.

Cheryl Kalmek

Oral interview with Cheryl Kalmek. Interviewed by Debby Freiman. Cheryl talks about her family's immigration to South Africa and their involvement in the Jewish community. Cheryl was particularly involved with the Jewish Women's Benevolent Society before immigrating to Vancouver.

Ida Kaplan

Interview with Ida Kaplan. Interviewed by Irene Dodeck for The Scribe, 2018. Ida talks about her childhood, her escape from Poland in World War II, her new life in Vancouver, and her business, Kaplan's Deli and Catering.

Ida is assisted by her daughter Odie in recalling events throughout the duration of the interview.

Ilana Strummer

Interview with Ilana Strummer. Interviewed by Bill Gruenthal. Ilana discusses kibbutzim in Israel and her family's history. She talks about her physiotherapy work in the Israeli army before immigrating to Canada, and her subsequent involvement in the Vancouver Jewish community.

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