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JHSBC Oral History Collection Vancouver
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Ilana Strummer

Oral history interview with Ilana Strummer, interviewed by Jean Gerber. Ilana discusses her upbringing, growing up in Kibbutz Dan, her parents having made aliyah as Zionists. In the kibbutz she looked after children and at the age of 13 she was taking care of her baby sibling. Ilana also completed high school in Israel and completed her military service in kibbutzim after her initial army training. Later, she went on to study physiotherapy. At the same time, she met her husband who originated from Vancouver, where they settled together in 1963. She speaks about her life upon immigrating to Vancouver and about remarrying in 1975. Ilana also discusses her later career in physiotherapy, her involvement in Vancouver’s Jewish community as well as the life of her family as her children were growing up.

Cissie Eppel

Oral History Interview with Cissie Eppel. She talks about her family history and them moving from Latvia to England. Cissie was born in England. Her father was a tailor. She met her Husband during the war when her family would house Jewish soldiers. She moved to Canada in 1952 with her husband and child. They came by train right to Vancouver. They settled in the West End and opened a picture framing store. She was very involved with the National Council and JFSA. In 1992 she established the Jewish Genealogical Society of BC.

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