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Title Date of Arrival Culture Related Ship Accession Number Language More Information
Workbook issued to Aurelia Smoczynska, January 26 1944 (No Restriction) January 26 1944 DI2015.436.7 German

Donated to Pier 21, June 1 2008, by Aurelia Marcinkowski.
Aurelia Marcinkowski (Smoczynska, née Kałużna) was born in Józefów, Poland in 1928. Aurelia worked in a labour camp in Germany during the Second World War. She married Stanisław Smoczynski in 1947. They had two children, Krystyna in 1947 and Tadeusz in 1949, in Germany. Stanisław and Aurelia's father immigrated to Canada first and she followed with their two children on board SS Beaverbrae. They arrived at Pier 21 on January 19, 1950.

Workbook for Boris Afanasiew, December 29 1947 (No Restriction) December 29 1947 DI2015.568.13 French

Donated to Pier 21, July 5 2009, by Victor Afanasiev.
Victor Afanasiev's family lived in White Russia (now Belarus) until they were displaced by the Second World War. They came to Canada as Displaced Persons on board SS Volendam, arriving in Quebec on July 21, 1951. Victor donated his father Boris' papers.

Workbook belonging to Romeo Natolino, April 1956 April 1956 DI2016.141.8 English

Donated to Pier 21, by Romeo Natolino, July 26 2006

Work pass issued to Boris Afanasiew, May 5 1947 (No Restriction) May 5 1947 DI2015.568.6 German

Donated to Pier 21, July 5 2009, by Victor Afanasiev.
Victor Afanasiev's family lived in White Russia (now Belarus) until they were displaced by the Second World War. They came to Canada as Displaced Persons on board SS Volendam, arriving in Quebec on July 21, 1951. Victor donated his father Boris' papers.

What Pier 21 Means to You and Me c. 1946 S2012.391.1 English

This story is an article that was published in Canadian Scene , a multicultural publication.

Welcome dinner menu from MS Berlin, March 23 1956 [no restriction] March 23 1956 DI2014.118.13 English, German

Donated to Pier 21, July 13 2013, by Mike Babishuk.
Mike's mother, Hedwig Babishuk (née Hearing), immigrated to Canada from Czechoslovakia in March 1956. She sailed on MS Berlin, arrived in Halifax on March 31 and journeyed from there to Toronto.

War Bride Poem by Hope Bridgewater (Museum use only) S2017.549.1 English

This poem, A Wentworth Valley War Bride, is the first in a series of three poems that Hope Bridgewater wrote in 2006 for the poetry contest for the Friends of the Wentworth Valley Heritage one-room school. The theme of the contest celebrated the Year of the War Bride.

During the First and Second World Wars civilian, European women, married Canadian soldiers. Most of the women came from Great Britain, with fewer numbers coming from other European countries. These women are referred to as War brides.

War Bond belonging to Ko Young, circa 1933-1944 (No restriction) c. 1933 to 1944 DI2013.753.2

Donated to Pier 21, by William Young, July 30 2008.
William Young's father, Ko Young, was born in Kwangtung, China in 1895. He came to Canada circa 1914 and then spent time in China afterwards. Ko returned to Canada, arriving at White Rock, British Columbia on May 30, 1949.

Wall of Service Dedication Message for Robert Keith Giddens Canadian S2012.1916.1 English

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