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Muni Evers

Oral history interview with Muni Evers who was born in Winnipeg (nee Averbach) who was a Lab technician and pharmacist in army; entered politics, served as police commissioner and mayor; served on the Municipal Financing Authority Board, Pharmaceutical Association, Canadian Pharmaceutical Association and deputy of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

Meta Zalkowitz

Oral history interview with Meta Zalkowitz. Her husband and later her sons were partners in a glucose plant in New Westminster. Meta was active in New Westminster's Hadassah chapter and continued involvement by joining Vancouver's chapter after moving.

Eva Prentice

Oral history interview with Eva Prentice who was born in Hungary in 1911. The family emigrated to Canada because of the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938 while they had been in Palestine for a chess tournament. Therefore they spent time in Zurich waiting to emigrate rather than return to Vienna. Eva's husband John owned a veneer plant in New Westminster but was converted to plywood to build Mosquito bombers after 1939. This became Canadian Forest Products, now known as CanFor

Cyril Edel Leonoff

Oral history interview with Cyril Edel Leonoff who was born in Winnipeg, 1925. First job was building the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg. Cyril went into the armed services, specifically the Signal Corps, afterwards taking engineering and marrying Faye in 1949. He started as a engineering assistant at Rivers & Harbours Branch, Public Works in New Westminster. After two years of civil service he took Geo-technical engineering. While focusing on his engineering career, Cyril met the 'Barish' brothers during the nineteen sixties which brought his attention onto Jewish History.

Sara Ann Ciacci

Oral history interview with Sarah Ann Ciacci who is known for her volunteer efforts such as in the; Jewish Women International, B’nai Brith Women, Soviet Jewry Action Committee, Jewish Women Against Domestic Violenc, been on Board of Governors of Jewish National Fund for more than 11 years, chaired the Tu-B’shvat campaign for 14 years; has been on Cdn. Jewish Congress board - 1996-2003, representing J.N.F, since 1986 has been involved in Shalom B.C., has been involved at Temple Sholom since 1978.

Ernest ("Smoky") Smith

Oral history interview with Ernest ("Smoky") Smith who was born in British Columbia in 1914. Ernest fought in Italy during the Second World War under the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, earning a Victoria Cross for his actions on the Po river. Noteworthy for how he received his cross.

Earl Lesk

Oral history interview with Earl Lesk, who was born 1945 in New Westminster. He took Sciences, Microbiology and later teaching at the University of British Columbia Earl, becoming a High School biology teacher for the city of Coquitlam. Growing up in New Westminster Earl belonged Young Judea and went to Camp Hatikvah.

Earl Lesk

Oral history interview with Earl Lesk on the subject of New Westminster; in preparation for 2010 exhibit on the New Westminster Jewish community. Earl was born in New Westminster in 1945 and felt disconnected from both the Vancouver Jewish community by living in New Westminster; and he felt disconnected from from non-Jewish children as he and other Jewish children had to go to Hebrew school on Thursdays, missing out on Hockey and Lacrosse, leaving him to feel ostracized.

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