David Feldman series

Extent & Medium5 photographs
8 documents
1 pipe
1 wallet
Administrative/Biographical HistoryDavid Feldman was born in Siedlce, Poland on April 2, 1926. His father, Abraham Zvi, came to Poland from Russia, and married Gitl (née Glitman); he owned a yard goods store and later worked in glass cutting. The couple had three children: David, the youngest, Chava and Samuel. His brother, sister and mother were all killed by German soldiers in the Holocaust; his father died from illness suffered after being arrested and put to work in a labour camp. During the war, David lived in an orphanage and went to school; he worked in a train station in Kotlice, then received permission to move south, where he lived on a farm outside Krasnodar. In 1944, he returned to Poland to live on a kibbutz in Opole. Upon hearing about the Kielce pogrom, he decided not to return to his home in Siedlce, and instead snuck across the border and ended up on a kibbutz in Bergen-Belsen, where he attended dental school. David registered as a labourer with a refugee organization and was selected to come to Canada under the Tailor Project. Upon arriving in Vancouver, he took odd jobs before finding work as a denturist. In 1956, Feldman took over the denture business where he worked.
Scope & ContentSeries is comprised of records documenting David Feldman’s experience as an orphaned child survivor and his immigration to Canada. Series has been divided into the following sub-series: Artefacts ([18--]), Identification and travel documents (1948), Correspondence (1948–1959) and Photographs (1939–1990).
NoteDavid Feldman also donated two publications: Fun letsṭn ḥurbn. Nr. 3 (From the last extermination: Journal for the history of the Jewish people during the Nazi regime, acquired by the donor in 1946) and Oyf di ḥurveś fun mayn heym : ḥurbm Shedlets (A personal history of the town of Shedlets), written by a neighbour. Publications are in VHEC Library's Rare Books and Special Collections.

Collection Contents

Fonds consists of identification papers, travel documents, letters of reference, ephemera as well as family photographs and heirlooms. Records document the Feldmans’ experience of the Holocaust in Poland, specifically their time in displaced persons camps, in Bergen-Belsen, as well as their immigration to and life in Canada. Fonds is divided into the following series: Regina Feldman series ([1923?]–[196-]) and David Feldman series ([18--]1990).