Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Do you know the name of the "Kidnapping Chazen"

Here's a new case (or do I say old case?) on The Awareness Center's site:

Cantor Bernhard Wladowsky, c. 1906

The Case of the Kidnapping Chazen/Cantor
This is a very old case, but one that got very little attention. It was described in the book "Jewish Music Companion". It involves a Chazen back in the 1890's - early 1900's, who kidnapped boys from eastern Europe and brought them to Toronto, Canada.

The chazen was described as being "unscrupulous" by a family member of one of the victims. The Awareness Center is attempting to learn the identity of the offending Cantor. If you know who he and have any other information on this case, send it to The Awareness Center.

I'm curious if the "kidnapping chazen" had any connection to the Toronto's Boys Choir, and the allegations that there was boy's being sexually abused? The case of the Toronto's Boys Choir is a case no one seems to be talking about too.

Here's some links on Toronto's Jewish History
  1. The Virtual Jewish History Tour - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. Canadian Immigration (ship arrival) records - 1717-1935
  3. 1911 Canadian Census - NOW AVAILABLE!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you posting something on this case, it's so old? Even the survivors are no longer with us.

December 21, 2005 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Voice of Reason said...

I am a survivor of child abuse, as were both of my parents, and two of my grandparents.

I think this is being posted so that we have the opportunity not to repeat history.

I want to be honest with you. I feel a sense of relief that this story was posted. It breaks through the denial our communities have that child abuse is a new problem, and one that is only in unaffiliated communities.

I also think it teaches us that even though someone is a cantor or a rabbi, we still have to remember they are humam. Trust is something that has to be earned, and not just you automatically given (because of the career choice someone has made).

December 21, 2005 10:17 AM  

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