Accession consists of photographs documenting Alec Kushnir's involvement with the Histadruth Hashomer Hazair in Toronto and Romania. Identified in the photographs are: Alec Kushnir, Dorothy Day, and Shamai Ogden. Hebrew and Yiddish writing is on the reverse of some of the images.
Arlene Kushnir is the daughter of Alec Kushnir.
Alec Kushnir was born sometime between 1910 and 1912 in Russia to Aaron and Betty Kushnir. In 1916, he fled to Romania with his mother and sister, Lily. His sister was injured en route to Romania and Alec was sent to work picking tobacco to help support his family. He eventually immigrated to Toronto with his mother and sister in 1926. Alec had been active in the Histadruth Hashomer Hazair organization in Romania. Soon after arriving in Canada, he was instrumental in starting up a Histadruth Hashomer Hazair group in Toronto.
After arriving in Canada, Alec continued to support his mother and sister by working in a factory. He eventually started his own factory in the 1940s, Spartan Sportswear, which produced mens' and boys' sportswear. It was located at 366 Adelaide St. West, 4th floor. Alec married Yetta (nee Wilke) Kushnir in 1940. He passed away from lung cancer in 1965.
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