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a) DUNIA WASSERSTROM COLLECTION.

Dunia was a survivor of the Holocaust from the concentration camp of Auschwitz; she founded the Association of Members of Resistance and Deported Victims of the Second World War and wrote the book Nunca Jamás (Never Again) and her collection has documents of various types (photographs, diaries, manuscripts, documents, etc.)  

b) BENJAMÍN KOVALSKY COLLECTION.

Benjamín Kovalsky was born in Lithuania and immigrated into Mexico. He worked as teacher during 40 years at the Colegio Israelita de México. His files contain documents and photographs.

c) NAHUM WENGROWSKY COLLECTION

Activist, promoter and tireless fighter for Keren Kayemet* in the Jewish Community of Monterrey, he arrived in Mexico on June 11, 1937. He played two important roles: that of firm Zionist and the fact that he was a pillar in religious community life. He was active in Keren Kayemet Leisrael, where he carefully registered every account and the proceedings of the organization. His meticulousness and hard work allowed us to keep this important documentary fonds. It is composed of 8 file boxes. It includes correspondence from Keren Kayemet and the Zionist Federation, Protocols, Hatikvah Club, Cemetery Accounting Books, loose receipts, Nahum Wengrowsky personal papers and those of the Monterrey Community.

d) JACOBO GLANTZ COLLECTION.

Jacobo was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to Mexico due to the bad economic situation and anti-Semitism unleashed in Russia. He lived through the ascent of Leninist communism, but he left the USSR when Stalin took power (1924). He performed a number of activities from selling bread to being a dentist.

The Glantz family had various businesses, such as a bag and glove boutique called Lisette, located on 16 de Septiembre Street, where he was attacked on January 1939 by a group of Golden Shirts who wanted to kill him. He managed to flee assisted by Siqueiros’ brother. The business he owned for several years was the Carmel restaurant that functioned “kosher style”. It was also one of the most important cultural centers in Mexico of that time.

As a Jewish Mexican intellectual he met a large number of personalities. Among the Mexican ones were Mariano Azuela, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Among the Jewish ones, Jacobo Glantz came together with Marc Chagal, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Sholem Asch whenever he had a chance to visit the literary circles in New York. In his own publications Mexicaner Yiddish Lebn (Mexican Jewish Life) is the most remarkable.

e) TUVIE MAIZEL COLLECTION

He was born in Yekaterinoslav, Russia in 1897 and died in Mexico in 1984. He arrived in Mexico in 1924 and was a great community activist from the onset of the formation of the Ashkenazi Kehillah; he headed the Cultural Department, was dean of the Teacher’s Seminar, defender of Yiddish and founder of the Festival of Jewish Music that carries his name. His Collection is composed by one file box.

f)

BUSIA KOSTOV COLLECTION

Busia Kostov was an important activist of the Mexican Council of Jewish Women. She was born in Russia in 1910 and immigrated to Mexico in 1925, where she studied Chemistry at the National University. She participated constantly in various organizations such as the Committee for Refugees, the Committee for Human Rights of the Jews in the USSR and the Cultural Institute Mexico-Israel.

Her file contains a box of personal documents, postulations and conferences for the Mexican Council of Jewish Women, their reports, diplomas and magazines.

g) JANE FISHBEIN COLLECTION.

She was born in 1912. In 1953 she participated as secretary of the Women’s Committee at the Jewish Sports Center. Later she was President of the Press Committee of the same

* Organization charged with helping Israel plant trees. His Fonds is composed of 24 boxes divided by sections of correspondence with Yivo Gallery, Correspondence with the Joint, Letters copied in Yiddish, Yiddish articles and Poetry.

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