Finding Aids

The VHEC's many archival fonds explore Jewish life from the late nineteeth 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.

The VHEC Archives can be accessed through the finding aids below. The 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 materials that make up the individual archival fonds or collections.

The VHEC 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/collection. 

Please check back often as many collections continue to be arranged, described and digitized. Researchers seeking access to a specific collection and or those with questions about material not yet listed are welcome to contact the archivist at 604-264-0499 or collections@vhec.org.
Fonds consists of photograph albums and loose photos, personal records, passports, financial records, reparation and compensation claims forms, correspondence, notebooks and notes, ephemera, artefacts 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]).
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).
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 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).
The collection consists 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. Collection 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 consists of records generated as a result of Jack Gardner’s role in the Red Army, his medical leave, his residency in the Foehrenwald displaced persons camp, 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 collection consists of a typewritten manuscript detailing Jakoubovitch’s experience of the Holocaust. It is accompanied by digitized photographs and one photocopied newpaper clipping and one item of correspondence relating to the manuscript and the testimony recorded therein. Collection has been arranged into two files: Testimony and associated materials (1994); Digitized photographs [originally created ca. 1930, 1949; digitized 2016].
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. Collection has been arranged into the following series: Immigration case work (1939–1966); Commemorative materials (1939–1959); Audio testimony (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 consists of five items: war-time records belonging to Sorenson’s family, from their time spent in hiding in the Netherlands. These include official and forged identity cards and ration cards.
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 Western Europe, primarily the Netherlands under the German occupation government. Collection has been divided into the following series: Photographs (1945; 1981); Posters (1940–1946); Correspondence (1934–1987); Ephemera (1937–1945) and Artefacts (1935–[1945]).
The collection consists of correspondence from Pichos Zozulya to his descendants, describing the family’s experience of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Also includes a photograph of Pichos Zozulya dated 1964. Collection has been arranged into two files: Letters (1944) and Photograph (1964).
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 Rosengarten correspondence series (1981–2008), 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).
Collection consists of articles, lectures, correspondence, newspaper clippings and other textual material 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 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 (2001–2013).
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).
The collection consists of vital records, administrative documents, original 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 vital statistics, career history, education, travels and emigration efforts of the family from the late 1940s until the mid-2000s. Collection consists of the following series: Terezín (1942–1945); Prague (1946–1949); Academic works (horticulture) (1947–1950); Correspondence and ephemera (1949–2000); Vital records (Canada) (1949–2007); Eric Sonner testimony ([194-]–[before 2009]); and Photographs ([192-], 2016).
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 four series: Notebooks (1944–1945), Correspondence (1944–1945), Identification and related records (1938–1974) and Photographs ([1941]–1947).
Collection consists of photographs collected by Tom Perry and a letter written to Perry's wife, Claire, documenting the conditions he witnessed in the Buchenwald concentration camp, nine days after liberation.
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 Committee.
Fonds consists of records relating to the ennobling of the von Baiersdorf family in 1884, the family’s personal financial record keeping, marriages, Otto Reif’s assistance to a displaced person, Erna von Engel-Baiersdorf’s work as a museum curator and artist; the deaths of Clara Baiersdorf Erdos and Elise Reif and the family’s religious and liturgical life.

Records include correspondence; an illuminated document conferring a noble title on the Baiersdorf family from the nineteenth century; personal photographs; two death books; an autograph book; two ledgers; a small collection of rare published books—including a nineteenth-century German-language Bible illustrated by Gustav Dore—and several ephemeral items including post cards and newspaper clippings. Fonds is arranged into the following series: 1884 title (1884); Correspondence (1884–[196-?]); Photographs (1884–[196-?]) and Publications and Ephemera ([189-]–194-]).