Item 20.14-11 - Jack Micner

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Jack Micner

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CA JMABC A.1971.001-20.14-11

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  • March 31, 2014 (Creation)

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Born digital audio (1:40)

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Oral history interview with Jack Micner about his father Chaim Micner in preparation for the 2014 Scribe with a focus on Jewish scrap metal dealers. Chaim Micner came to Canada in 1948 , to make a fresh start after surviving the Holocaust. He built a scrap metal business, Atlantic Metals, and found a loving family in his wife, Susy, his children, and grandchildren. His son Jack Micner is on the Board of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre; Jack works to educate people about the Holocaust, so its message of warning to humanity will not be forgotten.

Chaim Micner died early on June 25, 2013 three weeks after turning 90. Born May 31, 1923 in Bilgoraj, Poland, he was the third of eight children, and spent World War II working at the Stalinskaya coal mine in Siberia, where he learned to dance nimbly and befriended the canteen waitresses for leftovers. He arrived in Quebec City in October 1948, aboard the SS Cynthia, from the Bergen- Belsen DP camp. When he arrived in Vancouver, after passing a series of blizzards on a westward train, people were playing frisbee in shorts. He worked as a presser for Sweet Sixteen, and met his wife Susy, of 59 years, in 1953. They married a year later and had three children: Fay (Roy Weiss), Jack (Karen) and Sam. Chaim then built a scrap-metal business, buying the Atlantic Metals junkyard with his partner Joe Lewin. He played poker on Tuesdays, fished avidly for carp in the Sumas River and Deas Slough, watched hockey, football and boxing routinely, grew cherry tomatoes, green onions and cucumbers, spoke seven languages and made legendary matzoh brie at Passover. Canada offered Chaim peace, stability and calm after a traumatic early life, and he saw his grandchildren Tamara, Mia, Mimi, Baruch, Yecheskyl and Zalman as his greatest achievement.

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Interviewer: Sae Yong Kim

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Interview Place: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia (Jack)

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