Extent & Medium25 photographs
Administrative/Biographical HistoryRegina (née Bulwik) Feldman was born on December 6, 1931, in Będzin, Poland, a city with a thriving Jewish community. Her parents were Balcia Bulwik (née Klizman) and Chajm Bulwik. The family lived in the Będzin ghetto until they were separated by German soldiers near the end of 1941. Regina was transferred to Klettendorf, then Ludwigsdorf. After the war, she moved to Feldafing, where the barracks, once used by the Germans as a Hitler Youth School, had been turned into a kibbutz. There, Regina’s only surviving family member, a cousin and his wife, found her and brought her to the Fulda displaced person camp. She stayed with her cousin until 1947 or 1948, when representatives from the United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration arranged for her to be sent to Canada to be adopted under the Canadian Jewish War Orphans Project. Regina travelled to Canada via the Aglasterhausen transit camp to Bremerhaven, where she boarded the ship SS Sturgis, bound for Halifax, which landed in February 1948. The ship was met by the social worker Mrs. Jean Rose and members of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Regina Feldman boarded a train and arrived in Vancouver four days later.

Regina told her story to audiences including church groups, high school students and participated in video productions such as those produced by Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. She and her friend Lola Apfelbaum raised over $45,000 for charitable organizations, including the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW), by selling aprons. Regina Feldman died in Vancouver in 2002.
Scope & ContentSeries is comprised of photographs of friends and family, taken in Germany and Poland prior to Regina Feldman’s immigration to Canada, and on subsequent return visits.
System of ArrangementItems in series were arranged in chronological order by the archivist.

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).

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