Jewry and its Story"
a unique and
never-before published document
Page updated 20th Dec
download and read the entire 275-page manuscript click on the links
One (PDF file 418k)
Two (PDF file file 385 k) 68 pages
Three (PDF file file 311 k) 48
Four (PDF file file 306 k) 51
Five (PDF file file 285 k) 43
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On the left menu
are scanned versions of the first chapter of part 1.
[Note from the Hon A E
Abrahamson explaining the background to the manuscript.] The Rhodesia
Board of Deputies established a Historical and Archives Committee in
1949/50 which was chaired by myself. Eric Rosenthal was
commissioned to write a history of Rhodesian Jews. There was a
long delay before we received it and the consensus was that to a great
extend it lacked accuracy and it required a tremendous effort of
correction. It was, therefore, decided to pend and shelve the
manuscript. There were some copies sent to members of the Board in order
to arrive at our decision. Copyright of the document remains with the
Zimbabwe Jewish Board of Deputies.
[Website editor] - This
manuscript has never been published and in the interests of posterity
ZJC feels it is important to make it available to the public. Its detailed
accounts indicate a great deal of research that went into producing the approx.
500 pages. There are some real gems of information. This
website does not endorse the manuscript's accuracy and welcomes feedback
and input from the
public. It appears that although there are no dates on the work, most of
the research was done in the late 1950s/early 1960s and the copies were
first made available in the early 1960s - some 45 years ago. This
leaves a huge gap in the story which was partially filled by the book
"Majuta" by Barry Kosmin but that too was published in 1980 and
yet again leaves nearly 25 years of the story - still to be told.
ZJC wishes to thank David Gelfand (formerly of Harare) for his
invaluable help in re-typing the text.