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Arthur Hollander fonds

Fonds / Archival Collection
IdentifierRA042
Title NoteTitle based on contents of fonds.
Extent & Medium6 cm of textual records
11 photographs : prints
4 optical discs : DVDs
1 electronic document : PDF
Date[192-]–2009
Administrative/Biographical HistoryArthur Hollander (b. 1949 in Nairobi, Kenya) is the son of Holocaust survivors Ruth (Rozalia, née Herbstein) and Leopold (Lolek) Hollander (Holender), middle class Polish Jews originally from Warsaw, Poland. Ruth (b. 1914, d. 2001) and Leopold (b. 1914, d. 1998) left Warsaw on November 20, 1939 for Grodno, where they received mail from Ruth’s sister Justyna in Warsaw sent to them via the address of a relative resident in Grodno. In 1940, the Hollanders were deported by the Soviets to a forced labour lumber camp in Siberia; some mail was forwarded to them at this camp, months after being posted from Warsaw. In September, 1941 they travelled to Krasnovodsk, Kazakhstan by train to join the tenth division of the Polish army. They travelled to Iran in 1942, then Karachi, India with the Polish army. In 1943 they were resident in a displaced persons camp in Uganda and moved to Kenya in 1944, where they had three children (Renata, Arthur and Ann) and raised their family. None of their Warsaw relatives survived the war.

Arthur Hollander attended boarding school and the University of London in London, England, from 1962 to 1972. In 1975, he, his parents and youngest sister and her family immigrated from Central and South Africa to Canada. Arthur and his parents settled in Vancouver in 1986. He married in 1987 and had two sons. Arthur Hollander lives in Richmond, BC, where he tutors students in math and physics and is a partner in a property management company. He has spoken about his parents’ story to audiences in Richmond and Vancouver.
Scope & ContentFonds is comprised of family photographs, correspondence to Ruth and Leopold Hollander from relatives living in the Warsaw ghetto, travel and identification documents, research, testimony and other materials pertaining to the history of the Hollander family as Jewish refugees who fled Poland as a result of antisemitic persecution, laboured in a Siberian camp and immigrated to Africa and Canada.

Fonds has been arranged into the following four series: Photographs [192-]–[193-], Correspondence from the Warsaw ghetto (1940–1941), Travel and identification documents (1947–1978) and Family history records ([198-]–2019).
Archival HistoryAccession 2001.005, 2020.010
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferRecords were maintained by Arthur Hollander until he donated them to VHEC in 2001 and 2020.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
LanguagePolish, English
NoteSee also Hollander survivor file.
RightsDonor relinquished rights to materials in fonds upon their donation to the VHEC but the fonds contains third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Researchers are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.
Rules or ConventionsRules for Archival Description
Archivist's NoteFinding aid prepared by Myron Groover in 2013 referencing Filemaker Pro catalogue records created by the VHEC in 2001. Updated in 2020 with description of accrual by Shyla Seller.
Date of Description2020

Collection Contents

Fonds is comprised of family photographs, correspondence to Ruth and Leopold Hollander from relatives living in the Warsaw ghetto, travel and identification documents, research, testimony and other materials pertaining to the history of the Hollander family as Jewish refugees who fled Poland as a result of antisemitic persecution, laboured in a Siberian camp and immigrated to Africa and Canada.

Fonds has been arranged into the following four series: Photographs [192-]–[193-], Correspondence from the Warsaw ghetto (1940–1941), Travel and identification documents (1947–1978) and Family history records ([198-]–2019).