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Worlds Apart: The Re-migration of South African Jews Paperback – 1 Aug 2007

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If the 19th and 20th centuries witnessed the greatest migrations in the history of the world, then the story of the exodus of Jews from Lithuania to South Africa and then on again to Australia is one of the most extraordinary. For the first time, migrants, family and friends can discover the fascinating details of what led to the migration and re-migration of so many thousands of people. "Worlds Apart" is a study of a unique double translocation. It follows the footsteps of Lithuanian and Latvian-descended Jews (Litvaks) from their ancestral European homes to South Africa and then again, just a century later, to Australia and New Zealand. The authors describe the life of the forebears, both in Lithuania and in South Africa, the so-called 'South African way of life'; the antisemitic forces there which might have propelled migration much earlier, but didn't; and the political unrest which finally led to this 'second Diaspora' to the Antipodes and other parts of the world. "Worlds Apart" examines the patterns of recent emigrations, and the real and ostensible reasons for leaving.

Based on hundreds of responses to a detailed questionnaire and dozens of interviews, "Worlds Apart" presents an unforgettable picture of how life for Lithuanian Jews was, what it became, and what it is today in new lands with new hopes for the future. It examines how and why Jews continue their millennia-old quest for a new and peaceful land, and how twice-removed Jews feel today, not just about their new homes, but about the trials and tribulations of their ancestors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars S.African Jewry and Australasia 10 Nov. 2010
By Julien Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a detailed book that describes the first emigration of Jews from Northern Europe to S. Africa, how they functioned in S. Africa during and after apartheid, and what caused them to migrate to Australia and New Zealand. As someone who grew up in Southern Africa I knew many of the participants and was present at many of the events that were accurately portrayed. Nevertheless, I learned many details of official policies in S. Africa, Australia and New Zealand that were eye-opening. This book will be of prime interest to those in some way related to these events, but is also important in the larger context of how countries treat their minorities. Some of the conclusions are based on incomplete evidence, but the authors are careful to point this out.
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