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Max Poplack

Oral history interview with Max Poplack who was born in Vilna, Russia in 1898. The family emigrated to the United States between 1909 to 1910, landing on the East Coast than moving further west and settling in Washington. Max speaks of his father's involvement in the meat industry in Russia and Washington and his own involvement as a butcher in Vancouver.

Morris Saltzman

Oral history interview with Morris Saltzman who was born in Winnipeg, 1918. Morris's father brought the family to Vancouver because he was became a successful merchant, eventually owning two grocery stores; 1st in wholesale potato business; second on corner of Nelson and Bute St. Morris was involved in and or speaks of B'nai B'rith, Jewish Community Fund and Council, Zionist Organization, Community Fund and Council, Vancouver Lodge and St. John's Shaughnessy Men's Club.

Ben and Rita Akselrod

Oral History interview with Ben and Rita Akselrod. Rita was born in Bacau, Romania. They met in a DP camp in Austria. After the war they went to Israel then came to Canada via Italy. They worked as a peddlers then with antiques. Then started a second-hand and antique store in New Westminster. They talk about how antisemitism didn't disappear after the war.

Nathan (Nate) Singer

Oral history interview with Nathan (Nate) Singer who was born in Spokane and was President of B’Nai B’Rith Lodge.

John Gort

Oral history interview with John Gort who was born in Breslau, Germany. Escaped Gestapo while in school in Frankfurt in November 1939 due to local police. He went on to study in England but quit and than volunteered for the British Army. He worked in London, England; Northern Rhodesia and Vancouver in medical technician and psychiatric nursing. The interview also discusses John's study of German philosophers.

Irving Grad

Oral history interview with Irving Grad whose father Rueben Grad was a 'cutter' in the garment industry in Riga, Latvia. Irving's career spanned a number of clothing stores in Vancouver and his interview recounts many aspects of Vancouver's clothing industry.

Miriam Matoff

Oral history interview with Miriam Matoff who was born in England, 1906. Mother’s father was Rabbi Barnett Mordechai Sheinman, born in Jerusalem. Miriam‘s husband Conrad, grew up in Montreal but was born in England. Miriam works for the Louis Briar Home and was involved in National Council of Jewish Women.

Cissie Eppel

Oral history interview with Cissie Eppel who was involved in the Pioneer Women, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Community Centre and is the founder of the Jewish Genealogical Society.

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