Fonds - Abe Arnold fonds

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Abe Arnold fonds

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  • 1920-2014, [photocopied 197-?-199-? (originals 1880-1961)] (Creation)
    Arnold, Abe

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1 m of textual records
2 photographs
6 maps

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Abe Arnold was a writer, historian and activist involved with several Jewish organizations. Arnold was born in 1922 in Montreal. He worked in Vancouver and Toronto as editor of the Jewish Western Bulletin and in Montreal doing public relations for the Jewish Federation/Combined Jewish Appeal. Arnold came to Winnipeg when he became the Western Regional Director of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

In addition to his work with the Canadian Jewish Congress he was also a founder, and first Executive Director, of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties and the first Executive Director of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada. He was also a member of the Zuken Foundation.

Arnold wrote articles on the history of Jewish immigration to Canada for a number of different publications as well as co-writing the book Jewish Life in Canada. He also wrote about secular, humanistic Judaism and about civil liberties. He published Judaism: Myth, Legend, History and Custom, From the Religious to the Secular in 1995. He received the Order of Canada for his writing and his social activism.

With his wife, Bertha, Arnold had three children: Mark, Shelley and Frances. He died in Winnipeg in 2011.

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Fonds consists of records of Abe Arnold relating to his research into Jewish Canadian history, as well as his writing about human rights, racism and Israeli politics.

Records relating to Jewish Canadian history include photocopies of original documents about early settlers, the Canadian government and colonization organizations. Also included are historical articles by Abe Arnold and others.

Articles written by Arnold for a variety of publications are on the subjects of human rights, racism, Jewish Canadian history and Israeli politics.

Also included are family and personal documents, such as his parents’ marriage certificate, his own school report cards and his last will and testament.

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A small number of records in this fonds are in Yiddish. See file list for further details.

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Includes photocopies of records from Library and Archives Canada, the Archives of Manitoba and a variety of other archives.

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