Accession consists of material documenting the sixtieth anniversary of the arrival in Canada of a group of 39 Czech Jews in the late 1930s. Included are: 2 DVDs made from a VHS recording of the anniversary event, which features a speech by historian Harold Troper, author of None is Too Many; the final draft of a speech delivered by Daniel Iggers at the same event; a special feature from the Hamilton Jewish News that recounts the history of the Czech immigrants; and a colour photograph taken at the anniversary event, in which the donor, Annette Richardson (née Taub), is identified. The event was held at the Mount Hope Community Centre in June 1998.
Photo Caption (003): 60th anniversary [of arrival of Czech immigrants], June 1998. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-11-2.
Annette Richardson (née Traub) was born on 30 August 1940 to Herta (1916-2011) and Honza "Jack" Traub (1917-2003), Czech expatriates who found themselves in London, England when the Second World War commenced. Annette's father, Jack, was related to one of the Czech families that arrived in Canada in 1938. As a result of losing his parents and the family business to the Nazis, he became close to said family.
Annette studied at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, majoring in math. She worked as a computer programmer for a short time before becoming a mother. Throughout her life, she has been a volunteer in the different communities that she has resided in.