Fonds 1046 - Abraham Trapunski Fonds

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Abraham Trapunski Fonds

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CA JPL-A 1046

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  • 1944-1997 (Creation)
    Trapunski, Abraham, 1909-1997

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0.6m of textual records and multiple media

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Abraham Trapunski was a Holocaust survivor and Montreal Jewish Community leader. Born in Vilna, Lithuania, Trapunski left for Paris at the age of 18 where he studied Engineering at the Paris Polytechnic and married wife Eve. He fled Paris during the Second World War to Toulouse and then to Spain, but was eventually caught and detained as an illegal immigrant. He survived two years in camps and prisons until the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society arranged transport to Canada in 1944.

Trapunski and Eve had two daughters, Beatrice and Irene while living in Europe and later gave birth to son Edward. However, daughter Beatrice was lost at the hands of the Nazis on their journey to Canada.

After arriving in Montreal, Trapunski worked as an electrician and estimator, while devoting his time to the Jewish Public Library, YIVO, JIAS, the Canadian Jewish Congress and various other Yiddish organizations.

Trapunski served as vice president of the Jewish Public Library and went on to be elected president. He was also president, secretary and treasurer of the Vilna and Vicinity Association.

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Contains photographs, reel to reel audio, cassette audio and textual documents related to the organizational activities of Abraham Trapunski. The bulk of the Abraham Trampunski papers focus on his involvement with the Vilna and Vicinity Association. Most of the papers in the collection range from 1953 - 1980, when he apeears to have been most active in these associations. Other prominent institutions include The Canadian Jewish Congress, YIVO and the Montreal Yiddish Committee.

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  • English
  • French
  • Yiddish

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