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Stanley Winfield fonds

Fonds / Archival Collection
IdentifierRA044
Title NoteTitle based on provenance of fonds.
Extent & Medium11 photographs : prints
11 photographs : negatives
4 cm of textual records
Date1939–1994, predominant 1945
Administrative/Biographical HistoryStanley Winfield was born in August of 1923 in Calgary, Alberta. He left Calgary in 1941 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he served as a private and aircraftsman in Halifax. In October, 1944 he left Halifax for England, where he was posted to various air stations. In May 1945 he was stationed at Celle, Germany, and served as sergeant with the squadron leader E.M. (Ted) Aplin, as part of the Royal Air Force 84 Group Disarmament HQ Unit that was responsible for ensuring that the Luftwaffe was incapacitated in northwest Germany. Winfield visited the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp several times after its liberation, got to know some of the camp's residents and worked with Aplin to organize shipments of food from Canada for distribution at the camp. Prior to the Lüneburg war crimes trial in the fall of 1945, prisoners at Celle, Germany—most of whom had been guards and functionary workers at Bergen-Belsen, Auschwitz and other camps—were paraded in a courtyard four times a day, at times posted for public viewing; Winfield went to the prison for these public viewings.

After the war, Winfield attended law school at UBC; he graduated in 1952. Winfield and Ted Aplin remained close until Aplin’s death in 1973. Winfield continued his military service with the Canadian Intelligence Corps. He was director and secretary of the [Sir Winston] Churchill Society of BC and president of the Jewish Historical Society of BC. He and his wife, Odile, had two children, and spent their retirement years in New Westminster. In 1995, he returned to Belsen for the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of the camp. Stanley Winfield died in 2011.
Scope & ContentFonds consists of photographs, publications, reports and correspondence created or collected by Stanley Winfield while he was a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Air Force, related to the time he spent at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly after its liberation. Fonds consists of a copy of a scrapbook created by Winfield on the subjects of Bergen-Belsen and Ted Aplin; passports belonging to the Lichtensterns, who were a Jewish couple related to Winfield’s mother and who fled Austria for the United States in 1939; and the program for and copies of speeches delivered at the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. Fonds is arranged into three series: Photographs (1945), Belsen and Ted Aplin scrapbook (ca. 1977) and Collected textual records (1939–1995).
Archival HistoryAccessions: 1996.024, 1993.065, 1994.023
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferDonated by Stanley Winfield in 1993, 1994 and 1996.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
LanguageEnglish, German, Yiddish
NoteSee also Winfield, Stanley, VHCS case file and May 1994 issue of Zachor.
RightsMaterials available for research and education purposes only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these materials must be obtained from the VHEC.
Rules or ConventionsRules for Archival Description, ISAD(G)
Archivist's NoteFinding aid prepared by Shyla Seller in March, 2020, with information from legacy Filemaker Pro database records.
Date of Description2020

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Fonds consists of photographs, publications, reports and correspondence created or collected by Stanley Winfield while he was a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Air Force, related to the time he spent at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly after its liberation. Fonds consists of a copy of a scrapbook created by Winfield on the subjects of Bergen-Belsen and Ted Aplin; passports belonging to the Lichtensterns, who were a Jewish couple related to Winfield’s mother and who fled Austria for the United States in 1939; and the program for and copies of speeches delivered at the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. Fonds is arranged into three series: Photographs (1945), Belsen and Ted Aplin scrapbook (ca. 1977) and Collected textual records (1939–1995).