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Louis and Irene Kon Fonds

Louis and Irene Kon Fonds

Physical Description

24 cm of textual records



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Louis Kon was born in Russia. According to secret documents of the Office of the Canadian Trade Commissioner to Siberia, Kon’s political convictions were considered suspect; consequently, Kon was monitored by the Canadian government for much of his life. Louis Kon was associated with the Friends of the Soviet Union. Louis and his daughter Irene knew and corresponded with Norman Bethune. Irene Kon established the Norman Bethune Foundation.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the personal and professional papers of Louis and Irene Kon including extensive correspondence between the Kon family. Included are materials relating to the founding of the Norman Bethune Foundation and Bethune memorials; the making of Ted Allan’s movie, “Making of a Hero”, including the conflict with Syd Gordon regarding creative differences; a manuscript draft and notes on Larry Stephenson’s manuscript ‘Two Petrals.’

Finding Aids

Complete inventory list available.

Custodial History

Gift of Irene Kon


The documents are in English

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Bethune Foundation
Bethune, Norman