Updated October 2009
For an alphabetical list of
family biographies - click
The pages in this section (see
list on left) include a number of family biographies which were
originally written and presented to the late Aliza Hatchuel as part of her
initiative to collect personal histories of the community. From the
somewhat cryptic style of the writing some of the biographies appear to be
have been transcribed from interviews.
Aliza's intention, according
to her husband Marvyn, was to collect these records of Rhodesian/Zimbabwe families, their early
days in the country, where they came from, other anecdotal information and
present this to Beth Hatefutsot (the Diaspora Museum) in Israel.
None of these biographies have been published before.
They were typed and
provided (mostly) in two original copies and to save time they have been scanned
and transferred the texts using special (OCR) software. This has its
limitations and results in some of the text being corrupted or missing.
Please note that the first versions posted here have undergone some
initial correcting but will need closer and more detailed checking against
the originals (another big project...). Families are invited to provide
edited/corrected versions of what is available here.
The biographies were
provided to Aliza in the full knowledge that they would be made available
to the public and wherever available the source of the biography or the author's name is
Since the publication of the
original batch of 15 biographies which Aliza collected ZJC has received a
large additional number from current and former members of the community
wishing to tell their story.
The section called Short
Biographies Albums 1 and 2 ( containing some 50 biographies) were sourced
from community anniversary magazines.
If anyone wishes to
contribute their family story and add to this unique collection please email to