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The Jews in South Africa: An Illustrated History [Hardcover]

Richard Mendelsohn , Milton Shain
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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers SA; Box edition (31 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186842281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868422814
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spanning the past two centuries, The Jews in South Africa explores the fascinating role played by this small but highly significant community in the economic, political, social and cultural life of this country. This illustrated story - the first comprehensive history to appear in over 50 years - includes a wide range of historically important photographs, many long unseen, and encompasses a broad swathe of Jewish life, from the bimah and the boardroom to the bowling green. Beginning with the first Jewish immigrants to South Africa, and depicting the fragility of the early foundations and the shifting fortunes of this infant community, the title traces its development to robust maturity amidst turbulent social and political currents. These include the strident antisemitism of the 1930s, the moral dilemmas of the apartheid era, the subsequent turbulent transition towards a non-racial democracy, the birth of the New South Africa and the fresh challenges and promise that have followed in its wake up to the present day.Included are such personalities as Barney Barnato, Helen Suzman, Joe Slovo, Sol Kerzner and Rabbi Cyril Harris, as well as many others who have made an important mark in their fields.

The Jews in South Africa will be of great interest to every member of the Jewish community living both in South Africa and in their adoptive countries, as well as for all wishing to learn more about this highly energetic and innovative community whose contribution in many spheres of life has so greatly influenced and enriched the history of South Africa.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift 30 Mar 2013
By Rose
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Bought as part of barmitzvah gift for a south african boy living in the u.k. Was well received by him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jews of South Afirca 9 Aug 2011
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This book made for a great read which I completed on a Shabbos afternoon. The history is very well organized and each chapter blends into the next but yet remains its own identity. Anyone looking for a recent history of South African Jewry as a whole and not famous individuals this book is for you. The only part I disapproved of was the ending that made it sound like Orthodox Jews and the Baal Teshuva movement in South Africa is a negative thing.
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