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The first year book in Canadian Jewry appeared under the
editorship of Vladimir Grossman,
The Canadian Jewish Year
1939-42, in three volumes.
Among memoirs and biographies we may include Raymond
Aaron Hart , recit historique
(Trois Rivieres, 1938);
The Shabsi Rapaport Zamlung
(Toronto, 1955); M. Ussishkin’s
Oxen un Motoren: Zichroines fun a Yiddishn Farmer-Pioner
(Toronto, 1945); and H. Wolofsky’s
Journey of My Life
and its
Yiddish version
Mein Lebensreise.
Currently the most important work in the field is being done
by Professor Jacob R. Marcus of Cincinnati as part of his
researches into the early Jewry of this continent; also by Mr.
Rosenberg who has been commissioned by the Congress to bring
the history of the community up to date, and by such French-
Canadian historians as M. Douville who investigated Jewish
history as part of their Quebec studies.
Sociological Studies of Canadian Jewry
Sociological studies of Canadian Jewry are numerous, es-
pecially after Mr. Rosenberg had induced the federal census to
make available statistical data broken down by creed and by
ethnic origin. This federal source and similar health statistics
maintained by the City of Montreal have contributed to making
Canadian Jewry one of the best researched, outside Israel. Most
of these researches from the fruitful pen of Mr. Rosenberg are
contained in the scores of classic short studies he has published.
In book form only his
Canada’s Jews
(Montreal, 1939) has ap-
peared, with a foreword by Dr. Arthur Ruppin. A collector
of Jewish Canadiana will do well to secure and bind together as
many as he can of Rosenberg’s and other shorter studies pub-
lished by the Congress. It is generally true that the ephemeral
publications of the Congress are edited rather more seriously
than is usual with that type of publication, and contain a
wealth of material on Canadian Jewry which obviously cannot
be listed here in detail.
The section on literature in any collection of Jewish Canad-
iana will be found most intresting. For some hundred years
Canadian Jews have been making a considerable contribution
to letters in English, Yiddish and Hebrew. This contribution has
been an important and recognized segment of Canadian litera-
ture and, at the same time, has been intensely Jewish. It has
been said that Bret Harte derived his family name from the
pioneering Hart family of Lower Canada. Be that as it may,
other Jewish Harts have certainly contributed to the Canadian
library, commencing with Adolphus Mordecai Hart, author of
Life in the Far West
(Cincinnati, I860?), of
The Political State
and Condition of Her Majesty’s Protestant Subjects in the Pro-