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Al Kolberg

Oral history interview with Al Kolberg who was born in Saskatoon, 1919. His father came from Russia in 1905 where he worked as a shochet. Al recalls the reasons for Jewish assimilation in Vancouver in the early to mid twentieth century.

Anne Wyne

Oral history interview with Anne Wyne who was born in Russia in 1907. She discusses her involvement with Peretz School and as Principal of Jewish Community Centre. Anne's father emigrated to Canada in 1924 and the family followed 1926 due to antisemitism and property confiscations.

Arnold Shine and Sam Segal

Oral history interview with Arnold Shine and Sam Segal who discuss the establishment, functions and history of the Canadian Legion in Vancouver. The Jewish Branch of Canadian Legion was founded by Charles Gorovich in 1945, became the Fairview Branch of Canadian Legion and now known as the Shalom Branch of the Canadian Legion. Arnold was in the Army part of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division; served in Normandy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, England. Sam was an Infantry instructor stationed in Vernon.

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.

Ben Kopelow

Oral history interview with Ben Kopelow who was born in Winnipeg, 1927. Ben was active in a number of organizations growing up, the AZA, Cubs, Boy Scouts & YMCA. His involvement at the YMCA coincided with him counselling, whereby he ended up being involved in Winnipeg's Boy’s Work program. When he came to Vancouver the lack of youth programs prompted him to create the 20-40 Club at Jewish Community Centre and youth-adult programs. Producer at Vancouver Little Theatre as it transformed from an amateur production into a professional program.

Ben Wosk

Oral history interview with Ben Wosk who was born in 1913 in a town near Odessa. He recalls how his Great-Grandfather Moshe served in the Czarist army for 25 years. Ben and the family emigrated to Canada after Ben, his father and many other Jews had been arrested on multiple occasions with no evidence.

Ben Wosk

Oral history interview with Ben Wosk who discusses his involvement with Schara Tzedeck; Max Grossman's fundraising contributions for Schara Tzedeck and the Jewish Community Centre - Chairman on both boards; Ben's involvement as chairman of Jewish Community Centre for eight years; and Mayor Campbell's visit to the Wosk family in Odessa.

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.

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