Extent and Medium
Env. 0.52 metres of textual records. - Env. 218 photographs.
The earliest Bloomstone family members to immigrate to Montreal arrived in the mid 1920s, including the donor's father Velvel (Wolff, or William) Bloomstone, born 1902 in Keidan, Lithuania. The donor's mother Pessl (Zlatis) Bloomstone, born 1904 in Ragola, Lithuania, arrived in Montreal in 1927. The Bloomstone-Zlatis collection contains letters written before and after the Holocaust by family members who had remained behind in Lithuania, and also by relatives who later moved to Israel. Family photographs and various official documents from their immigration and life in Canada are also included in the collection. This material formed the basis for the history-based writings of the donor, Shirley Sarah Bloomstone Angrist, a resident of Pittsburgh at the time of the initial donation in early 2001.
The collection was donated by Shirley Bloomstone Angrist in several increments.
Scope and Content
Genealogy of Bloomstone and Zlatis Families (1990-2000). Family Stories by Shirley Sarah (Bloomstone) Angrist (1997-1999), also one by Pessi Blumshtein (1989), all based on family letters and history. Family correspondence from Lithuania and Israel, to Pittsburgh, PA and Montreal, Que. (1936-1986); the letters are summarized and in many cases translated by the donor. Immigration papers (1936). Yeshiva registration, (1932). Purse that had contained letters (1930s). Declaration of name change (1943). Marriage certificate (1925). Affidavit declaring removal of Grocery store (1963). Folder of the White Star ship containing postcards (1920s and 1930s). Booklet about founding of Kibbutz Ein Hashofet (1937-1938). Various other documents. Assorted stamps. Approximately 190 photographs of family (Lithuania, Canada, Israel) dating from circa 1890 to the 1990s. There are also 2 composite class photos; Morris Winchevsky School 1946, Baron Byng High School 1950. Several additions have been made to the collection since the intiial donation. In 2010, addition of copies of previously untranslated letters dating from 1949-1982, with translations from Yiddish into English attached. From 2013-2017 most of the additions consist of writings by Shirley Sarah Bloomstone Angrist. Added in 2013, a 23 page story 'Malca the Queen,' about Bloomstone Angrist's aunt, based on the translated letters; in 2013, a 3-page essay titled 'Vignettes From World War II', concerning Bloomstone Angrist's childhood recollections of living in Montreal during WWII. The 2014 addition consists of 24 additional family photographs. Added in 2015: Mini-memoir written 2015 about the period 1918-1979 (12 pages). Added in 2017: Four short anecdotal memoir stories written in 2017, mainly about Montreal about the period from the 1930s to the 1970s, titled 'The Sweetness and Sadness of Home', 'Books Forever', 'Hints of Discrimination', and 'Family Holocaust Letters' (a total of 9 pages).Addition 2020: Documents associated with Pauline Zlatis Bloomstone: Booklet of Yiddish songs, collected in the 1940s; A Yiddish poem about the value of studying Torah; Pamphlet titled 'Who needs Yiddish?'; condolence card upon her death, 1964, from Pioneer Women's Organization. Also copies of drawings of Ponevezh Lithuania done by Montreal family friend Abrasha Bogen, given to donor in 2004.Addition 2021:Story About Moshe Blumshtein (1910 - 1984)." As the introduction explains, the story is about our uncle's major work in developing the Kibbutz movement from the 1930s forward, as well as the family's arduous travels when they were expelled from Lithuania during World War I. Also the original Hebrew version that served as the basis of this history.Addition 2022: 3 photos of de la Savane cemetery grave sites, described by donor Sarah Angrist as: "My Father, Velvel Bloomstone standing next to Great-Grandfather Avraham Blumshtein's gravestone in circa 1935, and the gravestones of my parents Pessl (Pauline) Bloomstone d.1964 and Velvel (William) Bloomstone d. 1967." Photocopied photograph of a school class in Lithuania circa 1900, including faculty and students; "My grandfather, Dovid Itzik Blumshtein, born circa 1877 is shown with the teachers in the second row, one seat from the right. I'm guessing he was about 20 in this picture." 1931 certificate for Sarah Angrist's mother's purchase of a sewing machine from the T.Eaton Company, "an object she and I used for years with great pleasure and productivity". Illustrated document by Sarah Angrist, dated May 2022, approximately 20 pages, detailing the Bloomstone-Angrist family descendants, including a one-page genealogy, assorted colour laser copied photos, names, and dates over four generations.
Alpha-numeric designations: P2001/02, P10/15, P12/09, P14/13, P15/25, P17/13, P20/12, P21/12 and P22/11.