Accession consists of Yiddish correspondence addressed to the Ostrovtzer Society’s secretary Max Hartstone. The letters are from Jewish refugees from around the globe all of whom were born in Ostrowiec, Poland. In addition, there are numerous receipts related to Max’s work with the Ostrovtzer Society including those that directly relate to the Society’s refugee support activities including postage for parcels being sent overseas, donation receipts, bank cash transfers, advertisements, relief committee contributions, parcel receipts and more. In addition, there is a listing of refugees originating from Ostrowiec, Poland residing in Germany’s U.S. zone. This list identifies the family name, father’s name, age, number of family members and location in Germany. There is a second copy of this German list that has been translated into Yiddish. Additional documents include meeting minutes from the Central Committee of Ostrowtzer Hilfs Farein in North and South America (1947), annual reports from UJWF (1946), and the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada’s (1945), a 40th anniversary ribbon from the Beth Haknesseth Hagodol (Ostrovtzer Synagogue), programs from the society's eighteenth anniversary banquet (1950) and a testimonial dinner program in honour of Joshua J. Barsht, (1952).
The accession also includes photographs of Max Hartstone's business Crown Bread Company at 319 and later 311 Augusta Street, Kensington Market and publicity stills from various Toronto events.
Max Hartstone's daughter Nancy, recalls that these letters, received by her father Max Hartstone in his capacity as Secretary of the Ostrovtzer society, were stored in large bakery boxes in their garage. Most of these letters were destroyed by water damage.
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