17 photographs : b&w and col ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
[ca. 1945]-[ca. 1975]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and two certificates documenting the experiences of Ralf Tuchman and his friends and family during and after the Second World War. Included are portraits of Ralf, an image of Ralf aboard a ship, and photographs of Ralf and his family in Montreal. Also included is one identity card of Ralf's cousin, Mayer Patron, who lived in the United States, and one certificate of death from Dachau Concentration Camp for Heinrich Dombeck, a relative of Ralf's mother whose maiden name was Dombeck.
Raphael (Ralf) Tuchman was born in Poland around 1930 or 1932. During the Second World War, Ralf and his family were held in Concentration Camps. Soon after being liberated, Ralf moved to Israel and fought in the 1948 war.
After learning two of his four brothers, Leon (Lable) and Lewis (Lazar), were living in New Jersey, Ralf came to Canada to meet them. He could not afford the return trip back to Israel and decided to stay in Canada after meeting his future wife. He lived in Montreal making fur coats.
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