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Memorable Manitobans: Harvey Hymie Herstein (1914-1996)


Born in Poland on 30 July 1914, he came to Canada in 1928. He attended Aberdeen School and St. John’s High School before going to the University of Manitoba, where he majored in chemistry and geology. He received a BSc degree in 1943 then worked in the petroleum refining industry for a number of years, then in private business and finally turned to the study of history and literature. He returned to the University of Manitoba and completed his Master's degree in education. He taught at Isaac Newton School (1961-1964) and St. Johns High School (1964-1979). He co-wrote the book Challenge & Survival (1970) with Ronald C. Kirbyson and L. J. Hughes, and Portrait of Humankind (1994) with his nephew Paul Driben. He died at Winnipeg on 2 February 1996 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Growth of the Winnipeg Jewish Community and the Evolution of its Educational Institutions
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 22, 1965-1966 Season


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1996, page 32.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2019

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