Finding Aids

The VHEC's archival fonds and collections explore Jewish life from the late nineteenth century to the present day, covering themes and personal narratives that relate to Jewish life and culture, the rise of Nazism, the Holocaust, immigration, internment and post-war Canadian settlement.

Information about the VHEC's archival fonds and collections can be accessed through the finding aids below. Finding aids allow users to explore the archives and search across aggregations at the highest level (i.e. fonds or collection). They supply comprehensive information about the origins, context and contents of records in individual archival fonds or collections.

Finding aids are generated in real time with the most up-to-date records in the collection system. These interactive records enable researchers to navigate the Centre's online catalogue and can be downloaded as PDF documents for offline reference. Finding aids are listed by collection or fonds title. Their contents can be explored by clicking and expanding through the hierarchical levels to series, files or items contained within the fonds or collection. 

Researchers seeking access to a specific collection or with questions about material not yet listed are encouraged to contact the archivist at 604-264-0499 or collections@vhec.org.
Fonds is comprised of correspondence, photographs, identity and personal documents, society registration documents, minutes, clippings, memorabilia and ephemera created or collected by Alexander and Gina Dimant in Poland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Italy and Canada. Records pertain to their family history, work, school, and social and volunteer activities prior to and after the Second World War.

Records have been arranged into the following series: Correspondence (1941–2019), Photographs ([1920?]–[2016], Personal records (1938–2013), Artefacts (1940–[before 1948], 1997), Clippings and ephemera ([after 1942]–2019) and Janusz Korczak Association of Canada records (2001–2008).
Fonds consists of documentation supporting Amalia Boe Fishman’s application to Yad Vashem’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority to have Fishman’s foster family, the Spiekhouts, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, and one letter and photographs belonging to the van Kreveld family of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Fonds is arranged into three series: Spiekhout album and correspondence (1942–2009), Family photographs (1930–1999) and My War Story website documents (2007–2018).
Collection is comprised of items related to and about the activities of Anna Helen (née Mahler) Aszkanazy in Vienna, Austria and North Vancouver, BC. Items are original memoir writings by Aszkanazy, written in British Columbia both in German and English, an English translation of the German-language memoir part, a German writers association membership card and photographs taken before the Second World War and after Aszkanazy’s immigration to BC. Photographs depict Aszkanazy, her daughter, friends and refugees whom she helped immigrate to Canada during the Second World War.
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).
Fonds consists of photograph albums and loose photos, personal records, passports, financial records, reparation and compensation claims forms, correspondence, notebooks and notes, ephemera and published materials relating to the lives of the Baltuch and Schmucker families before, during and after the Second World War. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Baltuch, Schmucker family photographs series ([188-]–1964); Baltuch, Schmucker family personal records series (1906–1961); Josef and Rosa Baltuch emigration and immigration documents series (1943–1961); Household and financial records (1919–1984); Rosa Baltuch reparation and compensation documents series (1934–1966); Baltuch, Schmucker family correspondence series ([before 1941]–1980); Notebooks and notes series ([before 1994]); Baltuch, Schmucker family ephemera series ([before 1994]); Baltuch, Schmucker family artefacts series ([before 1994]); and Baltuch, Schmucker family collected books series (1930–1980).
Fonds consists of photograph albums, loose photographs, books, memoir, table cloth and official documents relating to the lives of members of the Bick family. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Werner Bick memoir series (2002), Prayer books series (1868–1933), Bick family photographs series ([1891?]–[200-]), Siegfried and Johanna Bick emigration documents series (1938–1939) and Household object series ([before 1979]).
Collection consists of articles, lectures, correspondence, newspaper clippings and other textual and digital material and produced and collected by John Conway relating to the life, activity and legacy of Dr. Rudolf Vrba, a Slovak Jewish Holocaust survivor escaped from Auschwitz and associate professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Collection includes audiovisual records related to Vrba from the VHEC’s institutional holdings.

Collection has been arranged into the following series: Vierteljahrshefre für Zeitgelchichte correspondence series (1997–2010); Vrba memorial lecture series (2006–2014); Biographical material series (1987–2010); Vrba correspondence series (2004–2007); and Articles and lectures series (1992–2013).
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).
Fonds is comprised of records generated as a result of Dr. Helen Karsai’s volunteer activity in Vancouver, BC, organizing and participating in Holocaust-based social, educational and cultural events, and teaching the context and events of the Holocaust. Fonds has been arranged into the following seven series: Western Association of Holocaust Survivor Families and Friends records ([circa 1989–1992], 2020), Teaching materials ([199-]), March of the Living project file (1992–1993), Danzig exhibition docent records (1989), Second Generation Group file (1987–1992), BC Cancer Agency multicultural committee file (1991–1992) and Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society records (1988–1993).
Collection consists of materials relating to Warsaw, Poland, in the Second World War era. Records include correspondence from Komar's family living in the Warsaw ghetto, documents showing a German leaflet dropped on Warsaw in 1938 and accompanying translations and commentary by the donor. Collection has been arranged into two series: German leaflet dropped from planes ([1939?], 1990) and Letters from the Warsaw ghetto (1938–1942; 1996).
Fonds is comprised of photographs, certificates, identity and repatriation cards, correspondence and photocopies of administrative records. Records pertain to the experiences of the Vanry family during the Holocaust in France. Fonds also includes photographs and a speech created as a result of Serge Vanry’s participation in a ceremony honouring his rescuers, René and Marguerite Poignard of Neuvy-en-Sullias, held in France in 2018.

Fonds is arranged into the following two series: Family records ([1942 or 1943]–1945, 2018) and Photographs (1940–[circa 1945]; 2018).
Fonds consists of story drafts and manuscripts; photographic prints, negatives and slides; videocassettes; audio cassettes; vital and personal records; and correspondence relating to the lives of members of the Dunner family. Records detail their experiences before, during and after the Holocaust, as well as their involvement in works related to the Holocaust. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Gisele Warren series (1917–[197-?]) and Barry Dunner series (1990–1995).
Fonds consists of vital records, passports and travel permits, correspondence, objects, photographs, letters of reference, and ephemera relating to the lives of members of the Eisinger family, as well as their family history. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Eisinger family government and vital records series (1916–1980); Eisinger, Marcus family correspondence series (1939–1954); Bedrich Eisinger Czechoslovak Army documents and objects series (1940–1946); Gerda Eisinger career documents series (1939–1977); Eisinger family photographs series (1937–[197-]); Reparation and compensation documents series (1951–2008); Eisinger genealogy research series (1994–2011); and Eisinger, Marcus family ephemera series ([194-]–1988).
Collection is comprised of original photographs and photo postcards of Shoshana Fidelman’s grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts and siblings, none of whom survived the Holocaust. Photographs were taken in Poland prior to the Second World War and mailed by Shoshana Fidelman’s family living in Starachowice-Wierzbnik and Bodzentyn to family members in Canada and Israel.
Fonds consists of postcards, photographs, identity, work and personal documents produced or received by Frank Orban relating to his family, work and life in Hungary, Israel, Greece and Canada. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Postcards series (1944), Photographs series ([191-]–2005), Personal records series (1938–2005), and Compensation correspondence series (1998–2004).
Collection is comprised of photographs taken by Canadian aircraftman and photographer Fred Thompson in locations in Germany, Belgium, England and the Netherlands in 1945, at the end of the Second World War. Photographs depict military personnel and aircraft, liberated slave labourers, street scenes, bombed buildings, shipwrecks, Bergen-Belsen atrocities and other scenes witnessed by the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force as part of military operations in northwest Europe.
Records in this fonds were generated and accumulated as a result of the coordination and facilitation of, and participation in, the Gesher Project and the resulting exhibition that toured to galleries across Canada from 1999 to 2003. Records include photographs, creative writings, participant biographies, correspondence, promotional material, visitor comments, media clippings, lyrics, notes, reference material and video documentation.
Fonds is comprised of vital records, administrative documents, trade certificates, travel papers, correspondence, letters of reference, liturgical materials, and photographs relating to the lives of members of the Gottfried family and the families of Gerda and Lori Gottfried's husbands (the Kraus and Seemann families, respectively). Records detail the vital statistics, career history, educational attainment, travels and emigration efforts of the family from the early twentieth century until the beginning of the twenty-first century. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Vienna ([189-]–1939), Shanghai (1939–1949), Emigration (1947–1950), Vancouver (1949–2000), Photographs ([191-]–[197-]).
Collection consists of Holocaust-related material collected by Harrison and Hilary Brown. Records include booklets, pamphlets, propagada, news clippings, articles and reports by Harrison Brown, a scrapbook containing notices of his speaking tours and private correspondence, in German with translations by Hilary Brown. Collection has been arranged into the following eight series: Pamphlets (1933–1951); Friends of Europe: Monthly survey of German publications (1934); Official Nazi material on women (1935–1946); Articles by Harrison Brown (1932–1943); Newspaper clippings (1933–1960); Personal correspondence (1932–1933); Early Nazi propaganda (1932–1936; 1998); Scrap Book (1934).
Fonds is comprised of administrative and other records generated as a result of the activities of the Holocaust Memorial Committee of the VHCS. The Holocaust Memorial Committee managed the design and construction of a Holocaust memorial monument and an accompanying commemorative book project. The VHCS initiated and funded the committee’s work; its board members at the time of the memorial unveiling were Robert Krell, Leon Kahn, Dave Shafran, Freda Kaplan, Robbie Waisman, Leon Dales, Mariette Doduck, David Ehrlich, Lili Folk, Rome Fox, Paul Heller and Jack Kowarsky. Records in fonds include administrative files, inscription requests, correspondence, draft text of commemorative book, architectural drawings and photographs.
Collection is comprised of newspapers, magazines and other periodicals published in Western Europe and the United States in the period leading up to and during the Second World War. Publications are relevant to Holocaust studies and education in that they demonstrate widespread antisemitism, Nazi propaganda, international responses and military and resistance activities. Serials in collection are both originals and reprints printed after the original publication.
Fonds consists of Manes' Star of David badge worn in Belgium, as well as documents and photographs documenting her and her family's experience of the Holocaust in Belgium. Fonds has been arranged into two files: Kollmann family file ([194-]–1962) and Alice Schiffer file ([1962?]–1990).
Collection 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.
Fonds consists of records generated as a result of Jack Gardner’s role in the Red Army, his medical leave, residency in the Foehrenwald displaced persons camp, immigration to North America and his advocacy work in restoring Jewish cemeteries and mass graves in Sambir, L’viv Oblast, Ukraine. Records include correspondence, identification, permits, licenses, certificates, legal documents and clippings.
The fonds consists of Jakoubovitch’s yellow cloth star, her memoir, a typewritten manuscript detailing Jakoubovitch’s experience of the Holocaust, digital copies of family photographs, one photocopied newspaper clipping and one item of correspondence relating to the manuscript and the testimony recorded therein.

Fonds has been arranged into two files: 1. Memoir, testimony and associated materials; 2. Digitized photographs.
Fonds consists of case files, committee reports and correspondence relating to Rose’s work with Jewish immigrants to Canada in the 1940s and 1950s. Also included are a number of commemorative materials including obituaries and tribute articles. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Immigration case work (1939–1966); Commemorative materials (1939–1959); Audio recordings (1982).
Fonds consists of photographs, vital records, personal notes, transcribed songs, correspondence and ephemera relating to the life of Jennie Phillips. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: JP photographs series (1912–1982), JP vital records series (1953–1979), JP personal papers series (1946–1987), Transcribed ghetto and camp songs series (1946), Stutthof Museum correspondence series (1984–1985) and JP ephemera series (1972).
Fonds consists of memoirs, correspondence, photographs, vital records, travel documents, financial documents, publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, handwritten notes and drawings, maps, conference papers and artefacts relating to the life of John Herbert. Records chronicle John Herbert’s personal life, pursuit of higher education, career history, hobbies, travels and struggle to attain compensation for the properties seized from his family during the Second World War. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: JH memoirs series (1938–2010), Karpowitz family series  (1939–2005), JH career documents series (1945–1988), JH inheritance and claims documents series (1924–2010), JH correspondence series (1955–2005), Research resources and notes series (1972–2005), Travel documents series (1946–1986), Inventions documents series (1979–1984), JH clippings series (1972–1988) and JH artefacts series.
Fonds consists of vital records, citizenship documents, correspondence, photographs, slides, published materials, manuscript, videocassette, audio cassettes and objects relating to the lives and interests of the Kaplan family. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Kaplan family personal records series (1994–1948); Kaplan family correspondence series (1947–1960); Kaplan family audio-visual materials series ([circa 1975], 1992); Kaplan, Shak family collected published materials series ([before 1989]); Kaplan, Shak photographs series ([193-]–1992); Kaplan, Shak family artefacts series (1946–1949); Boris Shak manuscript series ([199-]) and Odie Kaplan Theresienstadt visit materials series (1993).
Collection is comprised of antisemitic publications, flyers and postcards distributed in North America and Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and collected by Kit Krieger.
Fonds is made up of seven photographs taken by an unknown photographer at Bergen-Belsen in 1945 and 1946, kept by Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivor Klara Forrai. Photographs depict camp exteriors, activities undertaken by Forrai and other surviving internees to remember those buried in mass graves at Bergen-Belsen and a demonstration held by internees advocating immigration to Palestine.
Fonds consists of personal records, passports, Canadian certificates of citizenship, Bert Knoll’s notes, speeches and drafts of his life writing and photographs taken in Austria, Germany, Israel and Canada. Most of the documents pertain to the Knoll family’s life in Austria until the Anschluss and Bert’s experience as an "enemy alien" in camps in England and Canada.

Fonds has been arranged into the following three series: Knoll, Klein family photographs series (1922–[2015]), Bert and Molly Knoll documents series (1929–2008) and Josef and Regina Knoll documents series (1917–1939).
Collection is comprised of twenty-eight postcards written by Sylvia Loewy, in Stockholm, Sweden, to her husband, Fritz, after his 1942 arrest and deportation. Not knowing where her husband was, Sylvia sent the postcards by registered mail to shtetls, ghettos and concentration camps throughout the Polish General Government territory. The postcards were sent in batches with similar messages, explaining that she lives in Sweden, that she is fine, and that she hopes to receive news from her husband as soon as possible.
Fonds consists of textual records, graphic materials, and artefacts relating to Louise Sorensen’s life in the Netherlands, some of which was spent in hiding. Many of the items are wartime records, including photographs and negatives, correspondence, paper currency, drawings, notice of registration, official and forged identity cards, and ration cards. Additionally, the fonds contains copies of Sorensen’s great-uncle’s daughter’s, Ans’, testimonies; several English translations of items provided by Sorensen; and a 1947 second edition of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis, or The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as the Diary of Anne Frank. The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into the following six series: Personal records, Family records, Photographs, Correspondence, Currency and Publications and writings.
Collection is comprised of memorabilia received or collected by Maurice Smith while performing military service in Italy and the Netherlands. Collection is divided into three series: Artefacts [between 1939 and 1945], Correspondence, photograph (1945) and Publications and ephemera (1944–1945).
The records in this fonds pertain to the experience of Mayer Levit after his liberation from Bergen-Belsen. These include transit and identification documents, a prayer book, embroidered towel, ration card and official documents attesting to his status as prisoner and his subsequent application for compensation.
Fonds consists of records pertaining to the life, military service and work of members of the Meyer family in Germany before 1939, records related to their attempts to leave Germany and personal objects used by Paul Meyer in Vancouver. Records include identity and transit documents, records related to taxes and fines, diaries, photographs, publications, personal items and correspondence. The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into the following five series:

Family records series (1875–1939), Correspondence series (1938–1939), Writings, publications and ephemera series (1915–1976), Photographs series ([1900-1901?]–[after 1980s?]) and Artefacts series ([19--]).
Fonds consists of records created by, accumulated by, or about Michel Mielnicki related to his experience as a survivor of the Holocaust, the publication of Bialystok to Birkenau: The Holocaust Journey of Michel Mielnicki and Mielnicki’s reunion with his brother after nearly fifty years of separation. Records include photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, ephemera, video and audio cassette tapes, identity documents, notes and research materials.
Fonds is arranged into the following eight series: —Identity documents (1945–1966) —Photographs ([ca. 1939–1996]) —Memorabilia ([194–198-?]) —Mielnicki correspondence (1954–2005) —Clippings and publications (1947–2000) —Notes, research and speech ([198-]–[6 Oct. 1992]) —Leon Mendelewicz documents ([198-]–5 Mar. 1989) —Audio records (1995)
Fonds is comprised of personal documents, correspondence, ephemera and stories written and/or used by Holocaust survivor Mottel E. Menczer during and after the Second World War. Fonds is arranged into three series: Travel, identification documents and ephemera (1944–1948), Writings [195-] and Correspondence [1952].
Collection consists of records gathered or purchased by Peter N. Moogk as a result of his interest in Second World War history. Records document the Holocaust era in Europe, in particular the Netherlands, under the German occupation government. Collection has been divided into the following series: Photographs ([193-]–194-]; 1981); Posters (1940–1946); Postcards ([193-]–[194-]); Correspondence (1934–1987); Clippings and ephemera (1933–1945), Publications (1933–1945), Personal and military records series (1935–1945), Artefacts (1935–[1945]), Currency (1922–1945) and Declaratory documents (1770, 1772).
Collection consists of writings by Pichos Zozulya describing the family’s experience of the Holocaust and the atrocities committed by the Nazis in Chudnov. Also includes a photograph of Pichos Zozulya dated 1964. 
Fonds is comprised of correspondence, family records and photographs created and/or kept by members of the Pollák, Deneberger and Kiss family, a Jewish family living in Tápiószele, Hungary during the Second World War. Records document the family's separation, internment, hiding and well as pre- and post-war activities.
The records in this fonds pertain mostly to René Goldman and his parents, Wolf and Mira Goldman from Poland, Luxembourg and France. Fonds consists of family photographs, travel and identity documents, disappearance reports, certificates and post-war school records from orphanages resided in by René Goldman. Records have been arranged into the following two series: Goldman family photographs series (1917–[195-?]) and Goldman family records series (1929–1965).
Collection is comprised of Nazi-era printed ephemera, photographs and a Hitler youth dagger collected by Royal Canadian Engineer Robert Brown, who served in the Second World War. Postcards and cigarette cards document Nazi party activities and personnel, bombs, the German retreat from the Netherlands and other subjects.
Fonds consists of scrapbook and supplemental materials, correspondence, photographs and family history documents relating to the lives of the Rosengarten family. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Themar, Thüringen scrapbook series ([192-]–1983), Manfred and Eveline Rosengarten documents series (1945–2008), Andrew Rosengarten family history documents series (2000–2002), Rosengarten family photographs series (1986–[200-]), Rosengarten family artefacts series (circa twentieth century) and Rosengarten family collected books series (1942).
Fonds consists of photographs, International Refugee Organization (IRO) documents, court document, correspondence, and German driver’s license relating to the life of Sender Mines. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: SM photographs series (1922–[195-]), SM IRO documents series (1949–1951), Court document series (1951), and Bund der Verfolgten des Naziregimes e.V. (BVN) correspondence series (1951).
Fonds consists of vital statistics records, administrative documents, drawings, publications, educational certificates, academic papers, photographs, correspondence, letters of reference and audio-visual testimony relating to the life and work of Eric and Rose Sonner. Records detail the life events, career history, education, travels and emigration efforts of the family from the late 1940s until the mid-2000s. Collection is arranged in the following series: Terezín (1942–1945); Prague (1946–1949); Academic works (horticulture) (1947–1950); Correspondence and ephemera (1949–2000); Vital statistics records (Canada) (1949–2007); Eric Sonner testimony ([194-]–[before 2009]); and Photographs ([192-], 2016).
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).
Fonds consists of multimedia materials created by Brauer as a result of her Survivors Today project, which documented the lives of Holocaust and Hiroshima survivors after the war and documented attendees at the Canadian Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Children held in Ottawa from April 28–30, 1985. Materials in fonds include audio cassette tape recordings of one-on-one interviews with survivors and one tape of four survivors speaking at an Annual Symposium of the Holocaust. Assorted textual materials include manuscripts, correspondence, biographies, transcripts of interviews, book proposals, publications, financial records and a matted display panel. Lastly, photographic materials in the fonds consist of negatives, contact sheets and prints produced by Brauer.

The Survivors Today project aimed to honour survivors’ recollections of sorrow while also expressing their hopes and triumphs in their new lives. Interviews focus on how survivors came to Canada, their adjustments and contributions to life in Canada, and their perceptions of Canadian society. Other topics covered include Judaism and faith, Israel, Europe, nuclear weapons and global peace.
Fonds consists of records relating to the pre- and post-war experience of Rebecca (née Buckman) Teitelbaum, Herman Teitelbaum and their family. Fonds is arranged into five series: Notebooks (1944–1945), Correspondence (1944–1945), Identification and related records (1938–1974), Photographs ([1941]–1947) and Objects [1944].
Collection consists of photographs taken by Tom Perry and a letter written by Perry to his wife, Claire, documenting the conditions he witnessed in the Buchenwald concentration camp, nine days after liberation.
Collection consists primarily of records generated or used during the period of the Second World War by the Vilcsek family in Budapest, Hungary. These include vital statistics and personal records of the Vilcsek family, photographs, and postcards mailed to the family from Ernő Vilcsek while he was in a labour camp in Hungary. Collection also consists of artworks, several on the theme of the Holocaust, created by Eva Kero after her immigration to Vancouver, BC.

Collection has been arranged into four series: Correspondence (1942), Family records ([after 1881]–1949), Artworks (1969–1971) and Photographs (1917–[before 1943]).
Collection is comprised of records accumulated as a result of the participation of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in a project entitled Writing Lives: The Holocaust Survivor Memoir Project. Writing Lives was a partnership between Langara College’s English and History departments (spearheaded by instructor Rachel Mines), the Azrieli Foundation and the VHEC. For the project, students at Langara College worked closely with Vancouver-based Holocaust survivors to produce their written memoirs over the course of two semesters. In the first semester, students learned about the Holocaust by studying literary and historical texts. In the second semester, students interviewed survivors, transcribed the interviews and together with the survivors, completed written memoirs. In this fonds are the memoirs, administrative files and digital photographs produced during the two-year run of the project. Seven survivors participated in the first year of the project, from 2016 to 2017; five survivors participated in the second year of the project, from 2017 to 2018.

Collection is divided into three series: Memoirs (2017–2018), Administrative files (2016–2018) and Photographs (2017–2018).
Fonds is comprised of records created by Anita Ornstein in her capacity as secretary of the Committee, and those accumulated by previous secretaries. Also included are the records accumulated by Sophie Waldman as a member of the Committee executive. The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, clippings and publications relating to the activities sponsored by the Committee. Fonds also includes a collection of short articles and publications on topics relating to the mandate of the Committee. Fonds is organized into eight series: Minutes (1960–1986), Committee activities (1964–1988), Subject files (1960–1988), Clippings (1981–1989), Publications (1972–1988), Ephemera (1970–1988), Photographs (1984–1985) and Sound (n.d.). Fonds includes records of the committee when it was known as the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Committee.
Fonds consists of records relating to the ennobling of the von Baiersdorf family in 1884, the family’s personal financial recordkeeping, marriages, Otto Reif’s assistance to a displaced person, Erna von Engel-Baiersdorf’s work as a museum curator and sculptor, the deaths of Clara Baiersdorf Erdős and Elise Reif and other personal items.

Records include photographs, correspondence, an illuminated document conferring a noble title on the von Baiersdorf family, books and ephemeral items including postcards and newspaper clippings. Fonds is arranged into the following series: 1884 title (1884); Correspondence (1884–[196-?]); Photographs (1884–[196-?]) and Books, writings and ephemera ([189-]–1954).