132 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19.5 x 25 cm or smaller.
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the lives of Rose, Sam, and Norman Herskowitz and extended family; Irwin "Red" Kates, pharmacist; and Toby and Nathan Gries. Records include photographs of the Herskowitz family taken in Oshawa and Toronto, Rose's Polish family, Sam and Rose in Germany, Sam's first family, the Fishman-Gries family, and Irwin "Red" Kates; Sam and Rose's immigration and identification records; Rose's restitution and indemnification records; and a small number of textual records from the Fishman-Gries family and Irwin "Red" Kates. DVD contains Rose Herskovitz's oral history given to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. Lastly, the accession contains one artificat: "Red" Kates' Thistletown Lions vest.
Marvin Gries, a relative of Rose Herskowitz, donated the records of the Herskovitz family along with the records of his own Fishman-Gries relatives and Irwin "Red" Kates.
The Herskowitzes: Rose (née Malec) Herskowitz (1926-2007) was a Polish Holocaust survivor. Prior to the war, her father had been a tailor. Following the war, Rose went on to marry Sam Herskowitz, who was also a survivor, and together they had a son, Norman. Upon hearing that their niece had survived, Jake and Esther Miltz, Rose’s aunt and uncle on her father’s side, arranged for her and her family to join them in Canada. This was in the late 1940s. (It seems likely that the pre-War photographs in the accession were sent to Jake and Esther prior to the War.) Upon arriving in Canada, Rose worked for a poultry processing plant before moving with her family to Oshawa in the early 1950s. The family lived in Oshawa for five years, operating a variety store. In 1955, the family moved to Hallam St. in the Dovercourt area. It is possible they bought a fish and chips store. For approximately five-to-eight years, they owned Indorval, a confectionary, afterwhich they opened a variety store on Eglinton near Avenue Rd. Norman later opened a hobby shop they called Norm’s Hobbies. After Sam died in 1979, Rose went to work for Pearl’s Meat on Bathurst St. Rose herself died in 2007.
The Kates: Irwin “Red” Kates was a pharmacist who owned a pharmacy called Kates Drugs that was located at the corner of College and Lippincott. Irwin married Molly Kelman with whom he had four children: Sheila, Bonnie, Gerald, and Kevin. Their firstborn, Sheila, died when only six years old. The family lived on Markham St. and was involved with the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (Y.M.H.A.). Later, Irwin opened up a drugstore in Thistletown with Lou Stillman.
The Malecs: Toby Malec came to Canada with her mother, Hannah Fishman, from whom she took the name Fishman (Hannah’s second marriage was to Gordon Fishman who already lived in Toronto). Toby married Nathan Gries in 1935.