Iza Laponce collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Extent & Medium2 identity cards
1 memoir : .docx
1 memoir : .docx
Date1926, 1949, [198-?], 2017–2019
Administrative/Biographical HistoryIza Fiszhaut Laponce (née Gustawa Stak) was born in Poland to Dorota (Dola) Oderberg and Hilary Stak in 1938. Her family lived in the Warsaw ghetto. Her mother was shipped from Umschlagplatz to Treblinka, where she perished. Iza was smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto prior to its destruction, and survived in hiding with false papers, sheltered by the Milewicz–Rygalsgi family, members of the underground resistance. Iza was adopted by the Helena and Stanislaw Fiszhaut. The Fiszhauts left Poland in 1949, coming by ship to New York, then to Vancouver by train.
Iza worked as a librarian in the Humanities and Social Science Reference Division at UBC Library, where she complied the Canadian Politics Bibliography. Iza married Jean Laponce (1925–2016), a professor in political science at UBC; they had one daughter. Iza wrote an unpublished memoir of her childhood in Poland and an unpublished history of the Fiszhaut family. She died in Vancouver, BC, in 2019.
Scope & ContentCollection is comprised of writings by Polish Holocaust survivor Iza Laponce and identity cards belonging to Helena and Stanislaw Fiszhaut, adoptive parents of Iza Laponce. Writings are parts one and two of Laponce's memoir and a draft of an article on the subject of Jews in wartime Warsaw.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferItems in collection were in the custody of Harry Lieber, friend of Iza Laponce, and donated to the VHEC in 2019.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
RightsMaterials available for research and education purposes only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these materials must be obtained from the copyright holders.