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Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 117
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
117
Material Format
textual record
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1926-1947
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
11 photographs : b&w and sepia (tiff)
Admin History/Bio
Bella Diamant (m. Hershenhorn) was the daughter of Moishe and Sarah Diamant. She was born in Ostrowiec (Ostrovietz), Poland and had five siblings: Esther, Chaim Myer, David, Baruch, and Ruth. Bella met her future husband, Samuel Hershenhorn, in Poland. He was the son of Mendel and Miriam Hershenhorn from Drildz. The family arrived in Toronto sometime during the early 1920s; Mendel arriving first followed by Miriam and Samuel. The marriage between Bella and Samuel was arranged by their families and so Bella was sent to Toronto to be with him in 1927. They married on 13 Nov. 1927. Together they had three children: Ruth (Rishie), Esti and Lee. Samuel worked for a slipper and spat manufacturer and then started his own company: The Canadian Spat and Slipper Company. He was a member of the Dirildzer Sick Benefit Society. Bella was a housewife. Many of Bella's relatives perished during the Holocaust, including both her parents, her brother David who died with his wife and daughter on a forced march, and her sister Ruth who was murdered by the Nazis alongside her young daughter. Chaim Myer was sent to live with Bella and Samuel in Toronto prior to the onset of the war and therefore survived. Baruch and Esther both survived the Holocaust and eventually moved to New York City.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of letters written to Bella Diamant Hershenhorn from relatives in Poland and Frankfurt. The pre-war letters are from Bella's father Moishe in Poland as well as Bella's sibings and cousins, usually added as additional notes and postscripts onto Moishe's letters. The post-war letters are from Bella's sister Esther and brother Baruch in Frankfurt, who both survived the Holocaust. The letters are written in Yiddish and Polish and have accompanying English translations. Also included are several scanned copies of photographs depicting Bella on the SS Estonia, en route to Canada (ca. 1927), and with various relatives in Poland prior to immigration.
Notes
REPRODUCTION RESTRICTON NOTE: Donor must be notified prior to publication of letters.
Name Access
Hershenhorn, Bella, ca. 1906-1999
Subjects
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Letters
Arrangement
The letters have been arranged chronologically.
Places
Ostrowiec (Sokolów Podlaski, Poland)
Toronto (Ont.)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Accession Number
2016-12-44
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
19 June 1928
Physical Description
1 postcard
Scope and Content
This item is a postcard written to Bella from her brother David. The postcard was written in Polish, and sent from [Kosomie?]. Included are hand-written and typed translations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
23 [Dec.?] 1929
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
This item is a letter written in Yiddish to Bella and Shmuel (Samuel) from Bella's father Moishe in Poland. Also included are notes written in Polish from Bella's sister Ruth and her cousin. Included are hand-written and typed translations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1929 or 1930]
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
This item is a letter written in Polish to Bella and Bella's brother Myer from sisters Ruth and Esther and cousin Bela in Poland. It was written sometime during 1929 or 1930 Included are hand-written and typed translations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1 Nov. 1930
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
This item is a letter with six sections. Two sections written in Yiddish were addressed to Bella and her husband Shmuel from Bella's father Moishe. One section in Yiddish was addressed to Bella from her brother Baruch. One section in Yiddish was addressed to Bella's brother Chaim-Myer from their father Moishe. Two short postscripts in Polish were sent to Bella and Myer from their sister Ruth. Included are hand-written and typed translations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
15 [April?] 1930
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
This item consists of two letters. One letter, written in Polish, is addressed to Bella from her brother David in Poland. This letter has been translated in hand-written and typed versions. On the reverse side is a letter in Yiddish from David addressed to Bella's brother Myer. This letter has not been translated.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
12 Oct. 1930
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
This item consists of two letters and greetings on the recto and verso of a single page. One letter written in Polish is addressed to Bella and her brother Myer from their brother David. Also included are greetings in Polish to Bella and brother Myer from a female friend, sister Ruth, sister Esther and cousins Ayrla and Bela. This letter has been translated in hand-written and typed versions. Inside is a letter written in Yiddish, which has not been translated.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
Sept. 1934
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
This item consists of a letter. The letter written in Yiddish is addressed to Bella and her brother Myer from their father Moishe In Poland. Also included are Rosh Hashana greetings in Polish from sisters Ruth and Esther. This letter has been translated in hand-written and typed versions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
21 Nov. 1937
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
This item consists of a letter. The first part of the letter is written in Yiddish to Bella from her father Moishe in Poland. The second part of the letter is written in Polish to Bella from sister Ruth. This letter has been translated in hand-written and typed versions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
20 Nov. 1938
Physical Description
1 postcard
Scope and Content
This item consists of a postcard. The postcard was written in Yiddish to Bella from her father Moishe in Poland. This letter has been translated in hand-written and typed versions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
21 March 1938
Physical Description
1 postcard
Scope and Content
This item consists of a postcard. One side of the postcard was written in Yiddish to Bella from her father Moishe. The reverse side was written in Yiddish to Bella from her brother-in-law Ovadyah Barnstein (husband of sister Ruth). This postcard has been translated in hand-written and typed versions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
6 Dec. 1938
Physical Description
1 postcard
Scope and Content
This item consists of a postcard. The postcard was written in Yiddish to Bella from her father Moishe in Poland. This postcard has been translated in hand-written and typed versions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
12 Jan. 1939
Physical Description
1 postcard
Scope and Content
This item consists of a postcard. The postcard was written in Polish and Yiddish to Bella from her sister Esther and an unknown author, presumably Bella's father, in Poland. Included is a hand-written translation of the Polish part of the letter.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
3 Aug. 1945
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
Item is a letter written in Polish, sent to Bella Hershenhorn from her sister Esther, who is living in a DP camp in Bergen. Included is a hand-written and typed translation.
Subjects
Holocaust survivors
Refugee camps
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
3 Feb. 1947
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
Item is a letter sent to Bella Hershenhorn in Toronto from her sister, Esther with greetings from an unknown author. There is a typed and handwritten translation of the letter.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
30 Jan. 1947
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
Item is a letter, written on one side in Yiddish, sent to Bella Hershenhorn from her brother Baruch in Frankfurt. On the reverse side is a letter to Bella in Polish from her sister Esther with greetings from Leir Gooshen. Included is a hand-written and typed translation.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
[after 1947]
Physical Description
1 letter
Scope and Content
Item is a letter written in Polish and sent by an unknown author after the war, possibly from Germany. It is queried whether the letter may have been sent to Bella's sister Esther but ended up in Bella's possession. Included is a hand-written and typed translation.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1927
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 254 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (fourth from right) aboard the S.S. Estonia en route to Canada. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. Written on the back in Polish are several names including Turek and [Mr. Wasszawski?] and the address Reid Ave. 295.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. Both recto and verso were digitized as tiff files and a jpg access copy was made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 198 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (on left) possibly with her sister Ruth (on right). The woman in the middle and children are unknown.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy was made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1930
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 101 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Esther Diamant, Bella's sister. The photograph was given to Chaim Myer by Esther prior to him leaving for Canada to live with Bella and Samuel. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back in Polish reads: Brother, in the day you are leaving Poland for Canada.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. Both recto and verso were digitized as tiff files and a jpg access copy was made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
April 1927
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 208 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant. The picture was taken in April 1927, before the trip from Poland to Canada.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 208 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Myer Diamant.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1927
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 263 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (centre) with cousin on left and [unknown woman] on right. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. An inscription in Polish is written on the back.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
23
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1926
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 257 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (centre) with [siblings], likely Ruth and Myer. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back in Polish reads: To my brother-in-law, Ruth.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
24
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 85 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of an unknown woman. This may be Esther Diamant, Bella's sister. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back is written in Yiddish.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 48 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of an unknown man.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
26
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1927
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 144 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant's cousin Bela (on left) with another cousin (on right). The cousins were the daughters of Bella's father's brother. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back in Polish reads: To think of me forever, your cousin, we are giving you our picture.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
27
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[1940?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 228 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Yeheskel Borenstein son of Ovadya and Ruth Borenstein. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. Written on the back in Polish are the dates (19 March 1938 and 11 October 1942) with the name Yeheskel Borenstein son of Ovadya and Ruth.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Subjects
Holocaust victims
Source
Archival Descriptions
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