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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.

Zora ("Zoe") Gropper

Oral history interview with Zora ("Zoe") Gropper, who was a part of the National Council of Jewish Women in Saskatoon and discusses the political climate of the twenty-first century.

Susan Quastel

Oral History of Susan Quastel. Mrs. Quastel was born in Amsterdam in 1923. During the early part of WW2 she worked at the Jewish Hospital in Amsterdam. After the war she moved to London, where she had family. While in the UK, she trained to be a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital. She then went to Israel, where her sister lived, and worked at Hadassah Hospital. During her time in Israel, she met her husband, who was from Vancouver, at the Hebrew University. She moved to Canada with him and they got married here. In Vancouver, she worked for many Jewish organizations including Hadassah, The National Council of Jewish Women, the Vancouver chapter of Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University, and the Zack Gallery.

Dr. Richard Rosenberg

Oral history interview with Dr. Richard Rosenberg. He has been an active member of Peretz Centre, including President and teaching. Richard is a board member of the BC Civil Liberties Association and has his doctorate in Physics and Engineering.

Sally Rogow

Oral history interview with Sally Rogow, who was born in New York, 1930. Sally's grandparents were born somewhere in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Sally's uncle was the first Jewish man to be a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army, while her mother helped organized women during the Second World War. Sally worked as a teacher, teaching blind and handicap children, eventually advocating for those with Special Needs.

Leon Broitman

Oral History interview with Leon Broitman. Leon was born in 1922 in the USSR. He talks about the Ukrainian Holocaust and living in the USSR under Stalin. He started studying to become a teacher but was drafted and subsequently wounded during WW2 and never completed his education. After the war he came to Canada and became a cutter (Tailor) in Montreal. He then moved to Ottawa and opened a store. He also started an investment company that was still in business at the time of the interview (2013). He closed is store in Ottawa and moved to BC. He had 4 children with his wife and talks about them and their careers. Much of the interview is about Soviet Union history and talking about WW2 and the Germans.

Dr. Ted Cohn

Oral history interview with Dr. Ted Cohn. Theodore Cohn, SFU Professor Emeritus. His research interests include global and regional trade policy, international institutions, theories of international relations, and global cities. He is the author of Canadian Food Aid: Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications (1979), The International Politics of Agricultural Trade: Canadian-American Relations in a Global Agricultural Context (1990), 2 editions of Global Political Economy: Theory and Practice (2000 and 2003), and Governing Global Trade: International Institutions in Conflict and Convergence (December 2002). He is a co-editor of Innovation Systems in a Global Context (1998) and Power in the Global Era (2000). Dr. Cohn has also written many smaller monographs and articles on international trade, foreign debt, international development, crossborder issues, and global cities. Currently he is co-authoring a book on international organization.

Ted is originally from Detroit. He is married To Shirley Cohn.

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