Fonds MG 21.49 - Sylvia Karrel collection

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Sylvia Karrel collection

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Sylvia Karrel (née Sylvia Glickman) collection

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MG 21.49

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  • 1943 - 2001 (Creation)
    Karrel, Sylvia

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0.09 m of textual records, graphic materials and objects

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(1921 - 2020)

Biographical history

Sylvia Karrel (née Sylvia Glickman) was born on June 7, 1921 in Sydney, Nova Scotia to Israel Glickman and Lena Mirsky. During the Second World War she was in a relationship with Sgt. Curdis Karrel of the Royal Canadian Air Force, a childhood friend, and the two exchanged letters until his death in July 1944. In 1946, she married Sam Karrel (1919-1995) and together they had four children, Valerie Karrel, Jerry Karrel, Martin Karrel and Curdis Karrel. The couple settled in Sydney to raise their family. Sylvia died on March 25, 2020 and is buried in the Hebrew Cemetery in Sydney.

Custodial history

The war medals in the fonds were left to Sylvia Glickman by Curdis Karrel at the time of his death, as the two were dating at the time and Sylvia was listed as his next-of-kin. Whitney Karrel received the medals from Sylvia, her grandmother, in 2012 and kept them until they were donated to the Beaton Institute in 2023. The letters and extraneous materials were also kept by Sylvia until they were given to Whitney Karrel and ultimately donated to the archives.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence written to Sylvia Karrel (née Sylvia Glickman) by Pilot Officer Curdis Karrel, Pilot Officer Karrel's war medals, photographs of Pilot Officer Karrel’s headstone in Kiel War Cemetery in Kiel, Germany, and newspaper clippings.

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      General note

      To learn more about Pilot Officer Curdis Karrel and his service during World War II, please visit the following Library and Archives Canada link to their "Second World War Service Files - War Dead, 1939 to 1947":

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      Pilot Officer Karrel is buried in Kiel War Cemetery in Kiel, Germany. To learn more, visit the Canadian Virtual War Memorial at the following link :

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