This Week in JPL History: The Oral History Project

Lea Roback was interviewed as a part of the Jewish Public Library’s Oral History Project

The mandate of the Jewish Public Library Archives is to preserve and make accessible the social history and cultural heritage of Jewish Montreal. It does this not only through the preservation of the tangible remnants of this history, but also by recording the memories and anecdotes of those in the community. The Oral History Project was designed to record this aspect of the history of Jewish Montreal through interviews with community members and some its well-known personalities.

During this week in 1996 Archivist Emeritius Eiran Harris sat down and recorded an interview with Lea Roback, feminist and retired union activist. During their talk they discussed her time in Berlin as a student in the 1930s, her politics, and her involvement at the start of syndicalist movement in Montreal.

As a part of this project the JPL-A has also interviewed individuals including Esther Merizen, Mireille Gallanti, and Maurice Amiel. These interviews were conducted by a variety of staff and volunteers over the years. You can listen to two of these on the Archives Youtube channel. The Archives continues to gather the oral histories of the community to add to this valuable collection.

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund

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