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This Week in JPL History: The Oral History Project

This Week in JPL History: The 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 [...]



This Week in JPL History: The Women of the Archives

This Week in JPL History: The Women of the Archives

On March 26th, 1990 JPL Archivist Carol Katz wrote a paper on the women of the JPL-Archives. These women were Yiddish and English speaking personalities of Montreal who had contributed to the literary, social, cultural, and educational life of Montreal`s Jewish community. They included Ruth C. Rotman, Sarah E. Fisher, Chayele Grober, Rochel Korn, Ida Maze, Una Shecter, Ethel Stark, Dora Wasserman, and Irene Rachel Wolff. Since the publication the JPL-Archives has been fortunate to receive donations from two other important Montrealers : Lea Roback [...]



Lea Roback Events!

Lea Roback Events!

Almost twelve years after her death, the work and passion of Lea Roback continues to resonate with people who knew her as well as with new audiences.  There are two large, up-coming events that will feature Roback’s legacy and commitment to helping others.  On May 5th at 7:30 p.m., the Lea Roback Foundation presents a musical evening to raise funds for their scholarship programme.  The Foundation provides financial aid to women who are “socially committed and economically disadvantaged.”  The evening will consist of a concert [...]



The Backbone

By Catherine Lea Roback, an inexhaustible crusader for social justice, was born on November 3, 1903 in Montreal on Guilbault Street. The second of nine children of Jewish Polish immigrant parents, she spent her childhood in Beauport, a village near Quebec City, where her parents had a general store. Their house was small, two children to a bed and some beds were in the living room. Her parents were permissive and open-minded. They valued tolerance, respect, education and speaking out against injustice. Lea’s mother taught [...]



Lea and Fred

By Catherine In the correspondence of the Lea Roback Fonds, one will find letters between Roback and Fred Rose, a union organizer and Canada’s only communist Member of Parliament (under the Labour Progressive Party).  Rose was charged and convicted of communicating official secrets to the Soviet Union.  The accusation of these charges stemmed from Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk who launched the “Gouzenko Affair” in 1945 by defecting to Canada with documents of Soviet espionage activities.  After being released from prison, Fred Rose was ultimately [...]



Feminism

By Catherine Feminism has always interested me. Learning and knowing what women did to change the odds and improve their situations really impress me. Lea Roback was one of these protagonists who was involved in the cause of women. As a young woman of the 21st century, I think it is important to know what changed from one generation to the next and who engaged these changes. Because the place of w omen in societies has definitely transformed a lot throughout years, we, girls and [...]