by Nick Alhadeff
There were four Alhadeff
Brothers of whom Saul [S.N.] was
the eldest,followed by Jacob [J.N.] , Albert [A.N.] and Yehiel [Sylvest ] .All
four were born on the Island of Rhodes .
first to arrive in S.Rhodesia in 1913 was J.N. who worked for several years
managing various trading stores owned by B.S.Leon . In 1922 he married Tamar
Behora ] Leon from Rhodes. On her arrival in the country J.N. went to meet her
in Bulawayo and they were married there before proceeding to Salisbury . Their
children all born in Rhodesia were : Nissim ,b.1924- d.1998 in Cape Town .
Stella ,b.1925 married Solly Alhadeff . Alfred b.1926- d.1997, married
Clairette Soriano in Elizabethville in 1954 . Ethel b.1932,married Sam Miller
[divorced ] ,married Ken Brauer [deceased], married Ludwig Levy .
1924/25 J.N. together with J.S. Benatar and Haim Galante formed a partnership
to take possession of a chain of concession stores operating on the gold mines
in the Shamva/Bindura district . At the peak of the gold mining industry they
employed many young immigrants from Rhodes , some of them relatives, who had
come to Rhodesia lured by the stories of the discovery of gold . In 1930/31
with the closure of the majority of the mines in the area, the partners
decided to liquidate the enterprise .
arrived in Rhodesia in 1923/24 and opened a general dealer’s store in
Glendale with branches in the Mazoe area. In 1927 he married Grazia Levy in
Istanbul and they had two sons . Isaac [Benj ] b.1928 –married Ann Shandling
[divorced] married Ruth Codron . Edward[Teddy] b.1930-d.1998 ,married Suzanne
1930/31 both J.N. and A.N. decided to move to Salisbury and together bought a
controlling interest in a clothing factory operated by Harry Cohen
and known as
Crown Clothing Co.
Perla Levy in Izmir [Turkey} in 1920 and their children ,all born in Rhodes
were : Rachel b.1922 married Dr. B. Roditi in 1953 .Nick b.1923 married Nelly
Israel in 1954. Raphael b.1930 d.1941 . S.N. had worked in Rhodes as the
managing-director of Bank Alhadeff ,a well established concern owned by an
click above picture of Crown Clothing in 1933 to enlarge
uncle together with two nephews were the joint owners of the bank as well as a
large import/export business servicing the surrounding islands
and the south/west
coast of Turkey. In 1930 .following policy disagreements, the uncle and the
uncle kept the bank and the nephews took over the import/export business.
was not long before fierce
and acrimonious competition broke out and this was
further aggravated when the nephews decided to open a rival bank .At this
stage both parties sought the services and banking expertise of S.N. who
found himself caught-up in a
family tug-of-war. Finally
rather than side with either party
he decided to emigrate and join his brothers in Rhodesia .Soon
after his arrival in 1931 , the three
brothers bought Harry Cohen’s share in the factory as well as expanding
establishing a wholesale outlet under the same name.
enlarge picture of Crown Clothing in 1973
[Sylvest] ,the youngest brother married Amelie Levy in Salisbury in 1935
and had two daughters : Sally b.1936 – d.1963 married Mark Plotkin
Kavonic .Marilyn b.1939 is the youngest in the family. Sylvest as the
brother worked for his
brothers for many years .
the older brothers were involved in communal affairs and both S.N. and
served two terms as presidents of the Sephardi
Hebrew Congregation .Again ,all were ardent Zionists and A.N. in
particular together with B.S.Leon played
part in the Zionist Fund
Raising Campaigns .Over the years ,as many members of the
congregation turned to the brothers for advice or help with their
personal or communal problems the Crown Clothing Co.’s offices became a
focal point for the conduct of the congregation’s affairs.