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Robert Louis Dickman

  • Person
  • 1909-1942

Robert Louis Dickman (1909-1942) served in the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment during World War Two and fought in the Western Desert Campaign (Libya). He was assigned to Unit “A” Coy. He died at the age of 33 years of wounds received during an air attack on the "A" Coy, in the vicinity of the Libyan town of Acroma when the “A” coy was attacked by 3 enemy aircraft at about 14:00 p.m.on the 11th February 1942. He died of wounds to his thigh and foot in 62 General Hospital. The town of Acroma was one of the towns where the British Eighth Army advanced fueling stations and airfields were located. His death notice states that he was killed in action near Gazala, Cyreneica. He is buried in Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya

Robert Louis Dickman was the son of David and Esther Dickman (nee Zeppa) of 70 Upper Mill Street, Cape Town. He was survived by his mother, and siblings Gertrude Ellert (nee Dickman), Philip Dickman, Freda Dickman, Harold (Harry) Charles Dickman, Reuben Dickman and Rebecca Dickman. His profession was that of a salesman and he was unmarried..
A number of soldiers serving in the Cape Town Highlanders died during this attack. They included Louis Jacob Steinberg (1916-1942), son of Joseph Meyer and Flora Steinberg, of 1 Glen Court, Maitland, Cape Town, South Africa. He was born in Paarl, Cape Province and was a Commercial Artist for Ackermans Ltd.
[Source: SA War Graves Project].

Rabbi Moses Chaim Mirvish

  • Person
  • 1872-1947

Minister of the Cape Town Orthodox Hebrew Congregation (the Beth Hamedrash HaChodesh), then sited in the Constitution Street Synagogue in District Six, from 1908. He was the first fully qualified rabbi (with Smicha) in the Cape Colony.

Naomi Rapeport

  • Person

Naomi Schamroth Rapeport is a retired specialist physician with an interest in South African history, South African Jewry, and genealogy. She has compiled extensive documentation regarding her ancestors who came to South Africa from Lithuania, Belarus, and Courland in the late 1880s. Some partook in the Anglo Boer War and others in the Second World War. The families all left a footprint in South Africa, having contributed towards the Jewish and wider communities in various ways. Most of their descendants subsequently emigrated from South Africa to Israel, United States of America, and some of the Commonwealth countries.
Since her retirement, she has collaborated with the South African Jewish Museum Digital Archives Project helping to source documents from various international archives regarding the South African families whose photographic collections are exhibited on the museum website. She also does voluntary work with the Chaim Herzog Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War II, Israel, helping to document the contribution of South African Jewry in the war effort.

Mendel Kaplan

  • Person
  • 1936-2009

Mendel Kaplan was a prominent leader of the South African Jewish community, an industrialist executive with the firm Cape Gate, philanthropist and community activist. Mendel Kaplan was born in South Africa. After graduating from Wynberg Boys' High, he received a degree in law from the University of Cape Town in 1958 and an MBA from Columbia University in 1960.

Kaplan was the honorary president of Keren Hayesod and a former chairman of the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors. He financed numerous philanthropic projects in South Africa, Israel and Jewish communities around the world. In 1980, he founded the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Cape Town. In 2000, he established the South African Jewish Museum.

Mendel Kaplan passed away on 19 November 2009. [Source:;]

Max Raysman

  • Person
  • 1913?-2007

Max Raysman came from Kovno in Lithuania to South Africa in 1929 at the age of 16. After his death, his books and papers were donated to the Gitlin Library of the Western Province Zionist Council, who passed the Yiddish books and papers on to the Jewish Studies Library. An engraver by profession, Max always retained a love for his mother tongue, Yiddish, reading Yiddish books and participating in Yiddish theatre in Cape Town.

Marcia Samakosky

  • Person
  • 1921-2017

Marcia Samakosky (nee Miedzwiedz) (1921- 2017) was born in Vilna and moved with her family to Havana (La Habana) Cuba. Her parents were Abraham Miedzwiedz and Pola Miedwiedz who died at the age of 35 years in Havana. In 1948 Marcia left Havana for South Africa and married Benjamin Samakosky, a South African in November 1948. Many members of the Miedzwiedz family sadly died in the Holocaust.

Leon Glaser

  • Person

Leon Glaser, great grandson of Tzvi Hirsch Shewach Glaser and Devora Glaser (nee Behrmann). The Glaser family emigrated to Cape Town, South Africa from Lithuania. They had 9 children. Their daughter Rebecca Zuckerman (nee Glaser) was one of the founders of the first women’s Zionist Societies in South Africa, the Bnoth Zion. Their son Abram (Abraham) served in the Colonial Defence Force. He married Rebecca Feinstein in 1904. Their grandson was Leon Glaser. [Source: 1. The Jewish Chronicle London, May 30 1958].

Juan-Paul Burke

  • Person

Juan-Paul Burke was born in Pretoria and after some time in SA made Aliya to Rehovot. While in SA he worked for UCT Libraries where he gained an intimate knowledge of SA Jewish History. This led him to becoming an amateur historian with a focus on SA Religious Jewish History. He has worked as a copy editor, transcriber, and translator in the field of Torah Publishing, with a focus on SA English Language Torah Publications. He has also done work for the SAJMArchive as a Digital Archivist/Researcher in setting up the Woodstock and Salt River Hebrew Congregation Collection.

Jonathan Ancer

  • Person

Jonathan Ancer is a journalist, who has held various positions on a
variety of publications: reporter on The Star, editor of Grocott’s
Mail and crossword columnist for the Cape Times. He has won awards for
hard news journalism, feature writing and creative writing. He is the
author of Mensches In The Trenches - Jewish Foot Soldiers In The Anti-Apartheid Struggle (2022), The Victor Within (2000), Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson
(2017) and Betrayal: The Secret Lives of Apartheid Spies (2019).

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