376 photographs : b&w and col (23 negatives) ; 20 x 26 cm or smaller
1 optical disc (30 min.)
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the post war life of Esther Zukerman, her marriage to Abe Zukerman, their men's clothing business (on Queen at Dufferin), and home life in Toronto. After Esther's passing, Abe remairried Margot Rubin and there is an additional series of photographs documenting their visits to Israel in the 1970s and 1980s including a special Holocaust memorial stone laying ceremony for Abe's home town Wierzbniker and its sister town Starachowice, Poland. Also included is a video recording of a Shabbat tea party hosted by Sylvia Walt on 6 Jan. 2007 with guests Gerals and Sybil Berley, Laura Bowman, Loukie De Leeuw, Sam Myles, Mel and Brenda Perlmutter, Genia Schiff, Abe and Margot Zukerman.
Original custodian was Abe Zukerman. Abe eventually married Mel Perlmutter's mother Margot Rubin. The albums came into Mel's possession after Abe's passing and Margot's move into Kensington retirement home.
Abe Zukerman (1914-2009) was born in Wierzbnik, Poland in 1914. He was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. In 1948, he came to Canada, where he became involved in the Wierzbniker Friendly Mutual Benefit Society and married. His first wife, Esther, predeceased him. In 1975, he married his second wife, Margot, who had two children from a previous marriage. In addition to serving as a senior executive member of the Wierzbniker Friendly Mutual Benefit Society for over 50 years, Abe volunteered with United Jewish Appeal and State of Israel Bonds. He passed away 8 Feb. 2009.
Margot Zukerman (née Rubin) was born in Berlin, Germany on 31 December 1922. Still a child when the National Socialists came to power, she was denied schooling. She arrived in Toronto in 1939 never having received a formal education. Despite this, she was able to learn English and operate her father's small ladies' wear store in Hamilton for at least a dozen years. In 1944, she married her first husband Alexander Perlmutter, with whom she had two children: one in 1945 and another in 1948. In 1970, she moved to Toronto, where she acted as caregiver to her father. In 1974, she met Abe, whom she married on 14 February 1975. Like her husband, Margot was an active member of Toronto's Jewish community.
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS: Other records relating to Abe Zukerman can be found
in Accession 2017-6-5.