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Hyman Berson

Oral history interview with Hyman Berson who was involved in setting up the secular Peretz school in Vancouver in 1942, having previously been involved with the Peretz school in Calgary.

David Freeman

Oral history interview with David Freeman who was born in Vancouver, 1913. He recalls the importance of B’nai B’rith's Anti-Defamation League in combating antisemitism in the first half of the century. He went to Law school, starting Freeman & Co. in 1935, which now numbers sixty associates. Has remained involved in the Jewish community with the Canadian Council of Christians & Jews, the Weitzman Institute and Young Judaea.

Edwina Heller

Oral history interview with Edwina Heller who was born in 1914 in Warsaw. She taught music for a number of years at the University of British Columbia.

Michael Elterman

Oral interview with Michael Elterman. Interviewed by Laura Zitron. Michael talks about his family and their involvement with the Jewish community in Cape Town, and his move to Canada as a graduate student. He compares Jewish life between Cape Town and Vancouver, noting differences in denominations and ethnic divisions.

Anat Grebler

Oral history interview with Anat Grebler - and her families' history - who was born in the U.S.S.R in 1945 to parents who were active in the Polish Underground during the Second World War. Her father was born in Stanislaw (now Ivano-Frankivsk), Poland and her mother was born in Gdansk, Poland. The family emigrated to Israel in 1957 to escape the Hungarian Revolution.

Tessler, Ronnie

Sheri Walsh

Oral history intervewi with Sheri Walsh who was born in Ontario in 1956. Her father was a significant Communist within Canada after encountering Communism in Russia in the 1930's.

Tessler, Ronnie

Nathan Divinsky

Oral history interview with Nathan Divinsky who was born 1925 in Winnipeg. Notably Nathan's great grandfather Joe Nathanson acted as buying agent for General Baskakov in Russia. Nathan recieved in PhD in Mathematics in Chicago. He had lunch with Enrico Fermi. He taught at the University of Manitoba and than the University of British Columbia, where he became deeply embedded with the Vancouver community.

Irving Max Nitkin

Oral history interview with Irving Max Nitkin who was born in Montreal in 1937. His father came to Canada in 1909 and his mother came in 1922 and they met in Montreal. He studied and has a degree in engineering. Irving joined Beth Israel's Men's Club after moving to Vancouver and served on every board and committee position except Treasurer. Now they are part of Har El, a much smaller and younger congregation. "Mr. Nitkin view on density is that he is all for it but his problem is with the fact that Vancouver is being superimposed onto a grid that was never laid out with density in mind. Irving states that the roads are too narrow, creating 'narrow canyons' between the buildings."

Bernie Simpson

Oral history interview with Bernie Simpson who was born in Vancouver in 1942. He started work as a Social Worker influenced by his time at Camp Habonim, than becoming a lawyer and latter a MLA for Fraser View and he worked with Camp Miriam. Bernie was involved in a number of organizations: The Canadian Council of Christians & Jews; UNICEF; BC Paraplegics Association; Trial Lawyers Association; Brain Injury Association of America; The Canadian Bar Association and The Canadian Cancer Society.

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