Professor Shia Moser fonds
Fonds / Archival Collection
Extent & Medium22 photographs
4.25 cm of textual records
Date[1945–199-?], predominant 1945–1947
Administrative/Biographical HistoryProfessor Shia (Szaja) Moser (Mozer) was born in Jagielnica in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (current-day Yahilnytsia, Ukraine) on October 12, 1906. Following the end of the Second World War, Moser received permission from Poland’s Central Jewish Historical Committee to teach and collect the Holocaust testimonies of Jewish orphans at the Peterswald Kinderheim (“children’s home”) in Piotrolesie, Lower Silesia, Poland (current-day Pieszyce, Poland). Moser stayed at the children’s home until 1946, after which he immigrated to Winnipeg in 1948 or 1949. He attended McGill University in Montreal, received his PhD in Philosophy (either at McGill or another university), and taught ethics at State University of New York, Buffalo until his retirement at the age of 75. Moser moved to Hamilton, Ontario before settling in Vancouver, where he passed away on March 12, 2003. While he never married he still maintained close connections with his extended family, and he devoted his life to the causes of human and animal rights, vegetarianism, pacifism and world harmony.
Scope & ContentFonds consists of records created or accumulated by Shia Moser related to his tenure at the Peterswald Kinderheim, a home for Jewish children orphaned during the Holocaust. Records include photographs of students and staff at the children’s home, the written Holocaust testimonies of children's home students as recorded by Moser, correspondence from the Central Jewish Historical Committee and Moser’s students and ephemera.
Fonds is arranged in the following three series: –Photographs ([c. 1945] – 21 Mar. 1947) –Student testimony ([Sep. 1945 – 1946]) –Correspondence and ephemera ([c. 1945] – [199-?])
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer
Records in fonds were acquired by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre from Shia Moser in 1999. See the July 1999 issue of Zachor
for announcement of acquisition: https://www.vhec.org/wp-content/uploads/Zachor_No.3_July_1999.pdf
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
LanguageYiddish, Polish, English, German, French
Accessions note: One folder with translations of poems and songs gathered from multiple notebooks, dated 1995, was catalogued as item 93.08.0024. Translations are stored with their associated notebook where known. Unassociated translations were transferred to the donor file during processing.
Source of information: Item-level descriptions were supplied and enhanced from legacy FileMaker Pro catalogue records. Biographical information for Shia Moser was sourced from https://www.geni.com/people/Shia-Moser/6000000000166263907
and family relatives.
Legacy catalogue records from FileMaker Pro enhanced and ingested with funding from Library & Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
System of ArrangementArrangement provided by the archivist.
RightsResearchers are responsible for determining the copyright status and appropriate use or reuse of materials.
Rules or ConventionsISAD(G) informed by RAD
Archivist's NoteArranged and described in the fall of 2021 and winter of 2022 by Chase Nelson.
Date of Description2022