TORONTO (Jul. 4)
Stephen Barber, the Czech-born founder of the Canada-Israel Chamber of Commerce, died ### Montreal after a lengthy illness, at the age of 72.
Barber, who immigrated to Canada in 1954, was also executive director of the Canadian Society of the Weizmann Institute of Science and a co-founder of the French Canadian-Israel Friendship Society. He fled Czechoslovakia at the start of World War II for England where he later joined free Czech forces that helped liberate Prague in 1945.
Barber organized the first Jewish religious services in Prague after its liberation and helped resettle death camp survivors. While in England during the war he was active in the British section of the World Jewish Congress. After settling in Canada he served for a time as national chairman of the archives of the Canadian Jewish Congress.