Fonds - Harry Gale fonds

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Harry Gale fonds

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  • 1930, 1947-1978 (predominately 1963-1979) (Creation)
    Harry Gale

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80 cm of textual records
9 audio reels

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Harry Gale was a Winnipeg union activist, Zionist and Yiddishist.

Gale was born in 1898 in a Russian shetl to Abraham and Chaia Gallsky. He was sent to live with a wealthier family in the community until the family emigrated to Canada in 1911. Gale worked for a metal shop and a gas station before beginning his work for City Dairy, where he would work for 35 years and acted as the union representative.

Harry Gale was a member of the Young Zionist Club as a teenager. He later became a member of the Communist Party of Canada. As a member of the Winnipeg Strike Committee during the Winnipeg General Strike, Gale’s responsibilities included research, writing and public speaking. He was also the president of the H. Levick Lodge of B’nai B’rith, a member of the Jewish Relief Committee during World War Two and was heavily involved in the Yiddish Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Ann Freedman and Harry Gale were married in 1920 and had two children: Hartley and Ruth. Harry gale died in Winnipeg in 1983.

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Fonds consists of records of Harry Gale reflecting his personal interests, labour activism and his involvement with the Canadian Jewish Congress Yiddish Committee and other Jewish organizations.

Several files of newspaper clippings reflect a variety of subjects of interest to Harry Gale including Yiddish theatre and Israeli affairs. The clippings are mostly from Winnipeg’s Jewish newspapers.

Records of the Yiddish Committee include minutes, correspondence, scripts for radio programs and recordings of radio programs. Also included are other records of the Canadian Jewish Congress Western Division such as newsletters, reports of various committees and event programs.

Records reflecting Gale’s involvement with B’nai B’rith include correspondence, conference manuals, and other publications.

Jewish Labour organization records consist of newsletters and other publications. These organizations include Jewish Labor Committee of Canada and Labour Zionist Alliance.

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  • English
  • Yiddish

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Many of the records in this fonds are in Yiddish.

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