A New Life on the Land, Jewish Farmers in Canada
As told on camera by early settlers, their children and grandchildren, this is a story of Jews who came to farm Canadian soil, to savour the odour of prairie flowers and cope with blizzards, locusts....and debt. It's about escape from poverty and oppression in Eastern Europe, of first winters living in underground shelters, of clearing the land and bringing in first crops, of the woman's contribution, of schools and synagogues, of community get-togethers and singing. From the West to Quebec and Ontario, from two hot runaway oxen in 1900 to a prize-winning dairy herd today, from grain to organic vegetables, an ongoing story of Jewish farming in Canada.
Montreal Jewish Memories
Part I: Stories of the Twenties
Old-time residents of Cadieux, de
Bullion, "upper" and "lower" St. Dominique St. etc.,
share their stories of pogroms in Russia and first days in Canada -
home life, childhood games, youthful idealism, school fees, first jobs,
building unions. Stories of hard times and high spirits.
Part II: Stories of the
Montreal Jews strike roots along
a narrow strip dividing the French and English sides of town, and cope
with discrimination and the Depression. Stories of soup kitchens, the
growth of mutual aid societies and the building of the Jewish General
Hospital - Zionist, socialist and sports clubs. Promenading along Park
Avenue. Seeing Maurice Schwartz at the Monument National. Climbing Mt.
Royal. The lights, the shadows... and a war in the offing.
Part III: Stories of the
War Years (1939-1945)
Coming out the Depression and facing
War and disruption of normal life - mothers and children, soldiers and
defence workers, internees and refugees, artists and writers - all share
their memories of traumatic years which reshaped their lives.
Part IV: Post-War Stories
Stories of soldiers returning home to studies and jobs,
to marriage and the move to new neighborhoods. Vacations in the Laurentian
mountains. Stories of Montreal volunteers in Israel's War of Independence.
And stories of Holocaust survivors' struggling to rebuild their lives
in a free society and among fellow Jews.
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