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Max Creemer

Oral history interview with Max Creemer who was born in Bessarbia, trained as a tailor in Russia and continued the trade when he emigrated to Canada. He was a member of Schara Tzedeck and B'nai B'rith.

Ida Albert

Oral history interview with Ida Albert. Her memories of the Russo/ Japanese war. Ida was involved in the Council of Jewish Women, the Sisterhood, Beth Israel and worked with the Red Cross. She was interned at a Japanese interment camp.

Kiva Katznelson

Oral history interview with Kiva Katznelson who was born in Minsk,1892 (under Russian control) and emigrated to Montreal in 1914 to avoid being drafted into Russian army. Operated his own business in Vancouver and was involved in the Zionist Organization of Canada, Schara Tzedeck Synagogue and Peretz School.

Sam Heller

Oral history interview with Sam Heller, who was born in Poland, later moving to England than emigrating to Canada in 1940. Sam's father Horace was one of Poland's top lumber producers, Sam tried to get into the lumber trade on the east coast of Canada but was impeded, therefore moved to Vancouver. Besides Sam's involvement in the Forestry industry, he was involved in the Zionist Association.

Dr. Jack Moscovich

Oral history interview with Dr. Jack Moscovich, who was born in England but grew up in Alberta. Jack's parents came from Romania where his father served as captain in the Romanian cavalry ca. 1892. Began practice in new clinic setup by Dr. Maurice Fox and Dr. Morris in 1934-35. Jack founded the VGH Outpatients' Department. Stationed in Farnham, England during the Second World War until 1943; than Vancouver unit #11 of Canadian General Hospital. Was director of VGH Outpatients Department and late in 1974 was asked by British Columbia's government to investigate welfare and medical situations. Jack's work directly led to the Medical Services Plan.

Franka Gaerber

Oral history interview with Fanka Gaerber who was born 1913 in Stanislav, Galicia. She recounts her experiences of being Jewish in Eastern Europe during the 30's, 40's, escaping the holocaust and the endless terror of years of war.

Harry Smith

Oral history interview with Harry Smith who was born in Russia in 1896. When the family emigrated to Canada in 1905, their family name was changed to Shumacher. Harry with his family (married in 1918) to Vancouver in 1932 for the education of his daughter. Was involved with Friends of Hebrew University.

Alfred Evans on Harry Evans

Oral history interview with Alfred Evans on Harry Evans, the latter of which who was born in 1878. Harry is one the the founding members of the Schara Tzedeck Synagogue in Vancouver.

Abraham Myer Freedman

Oral history interview with Abraham Myer Freedman who was born in Poland in 1910 and emigrated with his mother in 1914.

Louis Zimmerman

Oral history interview with Louis Zimmerman who was born in Toronto in 1911 and moved to Vancouver in 1948 to work as a community director. Louis discusses the history of the Vancouver Jewish Administrative Council which later becomes the Jewish Community Centre, his work in Toronto and the development of the Jewish communities organizations in Vancouver. Served as Executive Secretary in the Canadian Jewish Congress and Canadian Zionist Federation; was the director of United Jewish Appeal Campaign.

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