Musiker, Reuben
June 2007
African Research & Documentation;2007, Issue 104, p49
Academic Journal
Although the Jewish Community in South Africa has always been a small but nevertheless significant minority, it has featured prominently in the country's history. This paper sets out to highlight some of the most important events and developments in the community's local history, culturally, historically and politically. The various events and perspectives are mirrored through the vital documentation of the time, including the following premier examples: the struggle to obtain recognition for Yiddish as a language, the fight against anti-Semitism in the 1930s (the Grey Shirt movement and apartheid in more recent times), hurdles in regard to the immigration of Jews from Europe (especially refugees), the contribution of Jews to the development of the South African economy, commerce, law, literature and medicine.


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