Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada Digitization of Oral Histories and Newspaper Archive #jgs-iajgs #canada

Jan Meisels Allen




IAJGS member, the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, Inc., has digitized two of its major collections: oral histories ad newspaper archive. They are available for online research and browsing. 


To access the collections go to:


The oral history collection consists of 200 audio clips recorded between 1968-2011 of rabbis, businesspeople, professionals, politicians, Holocaust survivors an others. The newspaper collection dates back to the early 1900s and includes Der Yiddishe Vort (Israelite Press), a Yiddish-language newspaper published in Winnipeg; the Jewish Post, an English-language weekly founded in 1925; and Western Jewish News, also founded in 1925.


Photos in the collection are of family life, work and Jewish organizations.


The digitization project cost $50,000. It was made possible by support from the Thomas Sill Foundation, the Jewish Foundation of Winnipeg, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority and by donations from Richard Kroft and the late Mark Bernstein.


To read more see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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