Southern Alberta Jewish Veterans of World War I & II

Dedicated to Val Rimer z"l and the Jewish War Veterans of Canada, Post No. 2, and created with the support of the Ghert Family Foundation


Print Resources

Adler, Rev. Michael. British Jewry Book of Honour. London: 1922.  Compiled to honour all Jewish servicemen in World War I.  Searchable online, but the full record can only be accessed through paid membership.

Bookman, Max. “Canadian Jews in Uniform.” in Gottesman, Eli. Canadian Jewish Reference Book and Directory. Toronto: Jewish Institute of Higher Research of the Central Rabbinical Seminary of Canada, 1963: 111-128.

Canadian Jewish Congress. Jewish War Heroes. 1944. This is series of comics about outstanding Jewish servicemen.   Max Abramson is featured on page 8:

Calgary Chapter 31 Aleph Zadik Aleph of B’nai Brith.  The AZA Chinook.  Calgary: May 1942. This 1942 yearbook of the Calgary chapter of the AZA youth group contains a list of Calgary youth who were serving in the armed forces and profiles AZA members, some of whom subsequently also served.

Canadian Jewish War Memorial Association. Canadian Jewish War Memorial Book of Remembrance. Toronto: Canadian Jewish War Memorial Association, 2004. Only 50 copies were made of this memorial book listing Canadian Jewish servicemen. The information is based largely on the records created by Canadian Jewish chaplains and archived at Canadian Jewish Congress.

Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta. A Joyful Harvest: Celebrating the Jewish Contribution to Southern Alberta Life 1889-2005. Calgary: Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, 2007

Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta. Discovery. Calgary: 1991 – .  The JHSSA journal was published originally four, and currently three, times per year since 1991.  Back issues from 2004 onward are available online at

Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta. Land of Promise: The Jewish Experience in Southern Alberta. Calgary: Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, 1996.  Available online at

Jewish Western Bulletin. Vancouver. All the issues of this weekly have been digitized and are available at

Historical Society of Alberta. Alberta History. Calgary. Back issues of this quarterly publication are also available online at

Morris, Henry & Sugarman, Martin. We Will Remember Them: A Record of the Jews Who Died in the Armed Forces of the Crown from 1939. Edgeware: Vallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition (2009).

Raber, Manny. Manny Goes to War: The War Memoir of Manuel Raber. Medicine Hat: M. Raber, 1999. A copy is available at the JHSSA office.

Rome, David/Canadian Jewish Congress. Canadian Jews in World War II. Montreal: Canadian Jewish Congress, 1947. Part I Decorations. Part II Casualties.  (Partly) digitized at

Switzer, Jack. “Southern Alberta Jews in the Great War”. Unpublished 2012 article in the JHSSA military file.

Trafford, Tyler. Memories on the March: Personal Stories of the Jewish Military Veterans of Southern Alberta. Calgary: Jewish War Veterans of Canada Post Number 2, 2001.

Online Resources

Calgary Herald obituaries –

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network     On the ‘Advanced Search’ page select Genealogy Records, then Search; on the next page, under ‘Narrow By’, click ‘Collections’, then “Canadian Jewish Servicemen Casualties (1914-1951)”).  See also images in Portraits of Canadian Jewish Military Casualties in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Canadian Military Oral History Collection

Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Graves and memorials of people who died in service.  Search by name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Search by name or regiment.

Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre – Archives, Medicine Hat Alberta
Material about many Jewish (former) residents of Medicine Hat.

Glenbow Archives
Information on some local individuals who served in the military.  The Abraham I. Shumiatcher fonds (M1107 – 48-57) contains the correspondence of the local Calgary branch of Canadian Jewish Congress, including lists of local servicemen.

Jewish Canadian Military Museum

Library of Congress; Experiencing the War: Jewish Veterans of World War II
(for veterans of American Armed Forces only; site is not easy to navigate)

The Last Post –
Death notices from Legion Magazine. Searches can be done by name or geographic region.

Library and Archives Canada
For a general overview of military information available online see:

a) Soldiers of the First World War
Search by name to access attestation records.

b) Second World War Service Files

c) Medals, Honours and Awards

The Memory Project Digital Archive
This site is sponsored by the Dominion Institute.  Best results if searched by name.

The Military Museums of Calgary
Library and Archives:
The mural in this museum complex contains images of a number of Jewish Albertan veterans.  Many local WWI vets indicated they enlisted in the 103 regiment in Calgary Rifles.


Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War II
Click ‘The Fighters’ at the top left; search by name or by country (choose from drop down menu in ‘Armed Forces’).

National Archives (U.S.A.)  (for veterans of the American armed forces only)

Our Roots (for local histories of towns in Alberta)

Royal Canadian Air Force

Veterans Affairs Canada, Second World War Historical Booklet  General history of World War II.

For general genealogy searches 

This site may also be useful for’s military records, found in the right-hand side bar.  Free initial trial, but after 2 weeks is subscription-based.

Jewish Gen
This is a comprehensive site for general Jewish genealogical research. Basic searches of many of the databases can be done for free, but registration is required.

See also the Links provided at for other Canadian Jewish historical societies.