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Bertha Krivel

Oral history interview with Bertha Krivel who was born in Montreal, 1891 though soon after moved to Hirsch colony. Bertha recounts her hardships and experiences as a elder daughter on a prairie farm.

Bessie Diamond

Oral history interview with Bessie Diamond who was born in London, England in 1899 but her family emigrated in 1905 to Canada. Bessie worked throughout the Jewish Community in Vancouver such as setting up the Well-Baby Clinic and during the Second World War worked with refugees. Bessie built the Joseph J. and Bessie Diamond Hospital in Israel to her late husband (1964).

Blossom Wine

Oral history interview with Blossom Wine who was born in Saskatchewan. Involved in Hadassah and active in active in B’nai Brith. After her husband passed away she became a travel agent and saw the development of Israel over many continuous years.

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.

Harry Ferman

Oral history interview with Harry Ferman who was born 1898 in Russia. He and his brothers emigrated to Canada in 1912. Joined the Jewish Legion in Winnipeg and went to basic training in Windsor, N.S. and England. He arrived on the front in the Middle East when Turkey surrendered; Harry's unit responsible for German and Turkish prisoners. Later he would spend his life farming in Kamsack, B.C.

Interview with Bessie Wise & Clara & Charles Waldman

  • CA JMABC A.1998.010, A.2008.007, A.1968.001, A.1971.002, A.2007.017, A.2007.009, A.2011.007, A.2010.055-OH.19.76-08
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  • July 14, 1976
  • Part of Cyril E. Leonoff fonds

An Interview with Bessie Wise, Clara (nee Wise) & Charles Waldman. Bessie's husband Sam was known as the 'Garlic King of the Kootenays.'

Louis Averbach

Oral history interview with Louis Averbach who born in the Ukraine in 1914. In Vancouver Louis worked in the furniture business, eventually setting up his own store 'Belmont Furniture'. Louis strongly advocates the importance of advertising throughout his career and afterwards. Moved into building later in life, first the Kamlo Motel on English Bay and later high rise apartments in the West End.

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