Eisler, Galperin family collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Extent & Medium9 documents
Date1933–1939; 2015, 2022
Administrative/Biographical HistoryGeorge Eisler was born in Vienna in 1948. His father, Adolf Eisler, was a bureaucrat in Vienna City Hall and survivor of Auschwitz and other camps. He served as a witness for the Nurenberg trials. He met George’s mother, Riwa Galperin (daughter of Baruch Galperin), in the Mühldorf subcamp in Germany; they married in Vienna after the war. Riwa Galperin died of breast cancer when George was fifteen years old.
He emigrated to Vancouver, BC, in 1968. His career included work in biomedical engineering at Royal Columbian Hospital, he was Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the BC Institute of Technology, CEO of the BC Academic Health Council, Vice-Chair of the Board of Vancouver General Hospital, and participated in various international consulting projects. He has degrees in engineering (MASc), business (MBA) and healthcare (PhD). George Eisler lives in Vancouver, BC, and has two children.
Scope & ContentThe collection is comprised of Galperin and Eisler family correspondence and ephemera written in Yiddish between 1933 and 1939 in prewar Lithuania. Letters from Galperin family members were sent to family in the US as a way to ask for assistance to immigrate from Lithuania to the US because of the worsening conditions. One of the authors, Baruch Galperin (grandfather of George), was a Lithuanian chemist who studied in Germany and used his connections in German industry to import machinery to Lithuania, where he started a business manufacturing saccharine, sweeteners, jams and candy.
The collection also includes an interview transcript and report from Adolf Eisler (b. 1915, d. 2008; translations by George Eisler) about his experience in extermination and work camps.
Archival HistoryAfter the war, George’s maternal uncle went to the US to visit family, obtained the letters written by his father, Baruch Galperin. On his death bed he gave the letters to George Eisler. George brought the letters to Vancouver, where he gave the letters to the VHEC with the hopes that they be translated from Yiddish to English. Records originally catalogued by the VHEC under the following unique identifiers: 93.07.0031–0038. Born-digital files emailed to the VHEC by George Eisler in 2022.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferItems in collection were in the possession of George Eisler prior to their transfer to the VHCS.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
NoteFamily photographs shown to the VHEC by George Eisler in 2022, and photographed for presentation alongside collection. Originals are in the possession of George Eisler.
System of ArrangementItems in collection are arranged in chronological order.
Rules or ConventionsISAD(G) informed by RAD.
Archivist's NoteDigitized and described in 2022 by Amanda Alster and Yotam Ronen using translations provided by George Eisler. Supported by funding from the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
Date of Description2022