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Côte de Beauport, childhood home of Labor Organizer Lea Roback
Rue Lea Roback
Côte de Beauport, QC

From the Shalom Quebec website: "Born in Montreal to a Jewish family of Polish origin, Léa Roback grew up in Beauport where her parents had a general store. She and her brothers and sisters were brought up with several languages, among them Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, French and English. In 1918 the family returned to Montreal. After living in Germany in the 1930s she came back to Québec to become a formidable labour and political organizer. She supported the Communist Party during the war. A feminist from the beginning and a dedicated socialist, she remained active until her death in the year 2000."

Among other memorials, there is a street named for her in Beauport.

For more info, see the Shalom Quebec, http://www.shalomquebec.org/ and Canada: From Outlaw to Supreme Court Justice, 1738-2005 in the Jewish Women's Encyclopedia. You can also download a graphic storybook called "The Adventures of Lea Roback" from the Jewish Public Library Archives of Montreal.

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Ari Davidow

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Côte de Beauport, childhood home of Labor Organizer Lea Roback." (Viewed on April 17, 2014) <http://jwa.org/onthemap/c%C3%B4te-de-beauport-birthplace-of-labor-organizer-lea-roback>.