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Jack Rose

Oral history interview with Jack Rose who was born in Vancouver in 1920, just one year after his parents had moved to the city. When the Second World War broke out Jack joined the Signal Corps in April 1940. Division was brought to Hong Kong in November and was captured by the Japanese and wasn't released until 1945.

Doreen Herzstein

Oral History interview with Doreen Herzstein. She recounts her life growing up in Zimbabwe; the Jewish life and Zionist leaning of the community. She also mentions the strong Hadassah and Union of Jewish Women in Haare. After she was married, she lived in South Africa for a couple of years but left when the Nationalist Party came to power in 1948. They moved back to Zimbabwe and raised their children there. In the 1970’s they told their children to leave Zimbabwe and they followed in 1977. They originally moved to Edmonton, but it was too cold, and they moved to Vancouver. Doreen talks about the welcoming community on the North Shore, hiking, and walking with the Ramblers.

Betty Averbach

Oral history interview with Betty Averbach who was born in Romania in 1921. Her family moved to Canada when she was 3 years old, the Council of Jewish Women met them and helped them get settled. Talks about growing up in Vancouver and the Jewish community here. Her father was a junk peddler when they first arrived. Talks about raising her family in Vancouver and her family's active relationship with the Schara Tzedeck synagogue. Speaks of the importance of the Jewish Community Centre in the life of the community when she was young, the support and confidence it generated amongst Betty and her friends.

David and Vera Bakonyi

Oral history interview with David and Vera Bakonyi on the late Peter Bakonyi (Vera's husband and David's father). Peter Bakonyi was born in 1933 in Budapest, Hungary. He met his wife Vera at a high school function. While in Budapest, he trained for the modern pentathlon event (fencing, swimming, horseback riding, shooting and cross country running) and played volleyball all while attending law school. He and Vera immigrated to Canada in 1957 as refugees and wed in Vancouver in 1959. He began solely training in fencing and switched his career path to real estate. Peter was a 6x Canadian Fencing Champion, 18x British Columbia Champion and attended the 1968 Olympic Games after being prevented from attending both the 1960 and 1964 games. He was also a founder of the Canadian Maccabiah Games team. He competed in the Maccabiah Games until his death in 1997. Vera and David discuss the legacy they've established in Peter's honour, such as the creation of the Peter Bakonyi World Cup (formerly Challenge Peter Bakonyi).

Lumberman's Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Photograph depicts the original Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park. Lumberman's Arch was constructed by the Lumberman's Union in 1912 to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Connaught. It originally stood along his procession route, at Homer and Pender. It was moved to Stanley Park and remained there until 1947 when it was condemned and demolished. A replacement structure was erected in 1952.

Grassy field with evergreen trees in foreground; wooden log replica of Parthenon temple in middle of image; ships in the harbour in background.

Climbers on Siwash Rock, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Photograph depicts climbers on Siwash Rock. According to Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) legend, Siwash Rock is the transformed body of a Skwxwú7mesh man who asked the great Transformer Q'uas for nothing more than prosperity for his people. Q'uas transformed him to rock so that he could serve as an indestructible monument to selflessness.

Large rock formation with wide base in water; small waves crashing against base; small sapling growing on top of formation; four climbers using ropes at various heights on formation; boat with white sail in background

Man with largest Rainbow Trout caught in BC

Photograph depicts a man with the largest rainbow trout caught in B.C.

Large fish displayed on wooden board below ruler; man standing to right of fish wearing bow tie, overcoat, and fedora holding broken down fishing rod and lure.

Fishing, Drinkwater Creek, Vancouver Island

Photograph depicts a fisherman at Drinkwater Creek on Vancouver Island.

Placid creek in foreground of image with log running along width of creek; fisherman with creel basket standing on rocky bank to left of creek; mountains with heavy tree cover in background.

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