The South African Jewish Museum's archives (SAJM) Jewish Digital Archive Project is the digital component of the SAJM archive. It aims to maintain a record of Southern Africa's social, economic and political history. JDAP comprises personal narratives and special collections linked to organizations, local communities, and cultural events.
Portrait photograph of Yochved Blieden (nee Gittelson) (1857-1924), taken in Johannesburg. She was the wife of Julius (Yehuda) Blieden and daughter of Pesach and Feige Gittelson of Žagarė, Lithuania. Her children were Pesach Jacob Blieden, Helena Freda Blieden (nee Blieden), Max David Blieden, John Blieden, Rosa Blieden, Fanny Meyer (nee Blieden) and Nellie Lewis (nee Blieden). Rosa Blieden died as an infant in Žagarė, Lithuania. The rest of her children all lived in South Africa.
The Fanny Meyer Collection donated by Naomi Rapeport includes photographs and documents pertaining to the Blieden and Meyer Families. Fanny Meyer (nee Blieden) was the 6th child of Yehuda Blieden and Yocheved Gittelson of Žagarė (Zhager) Lithuania. Soon after her birth, her father, Julius Blieden emigrated to South Africa. When she was 6 years old, her family were reunited in South Africa. Seven years later, her father died in Germany. She was devastated by his death and kept pressed flowers and ivy leaves brought back by her mother, from his grave site in Germany. These she kept to her dying day. She attended the Fanny Buckland School in Johannesburg, which subsequently became Johannesburg Girls’ School. She married AL Meyer in 1917 and had three children. Fanny accumulated many boxes of family photographs and she kept memorabilia pertaining to important events in her life.
Photograph of Fanny Meyer (nee Blieden) standing on the left and Nellie Lewis (nee Blieden) standing on the right, at their home at 20 Paul Nel Street, Hillbrow, Johannesburg. They were the younger daughters of Julius and Yochved Blieden (nee Gittelson).
Photograph of the receipt of payment by the South African Blieden family for the maintenance of the grave of Julius Blieden at the Weissensee Cemetery, Friedhofs-Hauptkasse, Berlin, Germany for the year 1905 to 1906.
Photograph of the receipt of payment by the South African Blieden family for the maintenance of the grave of Julius Blieden at the Weissensee Cemetery, Friedhofs-Hauptkasse, Berlin, Germany for the year 1908 to 1910.
Group photograph of the Meyer family. Photographed from left to right: Wilma Freinkel (nee Meyer) (1920-1999), Julian Meyer (1918-1993), Fanny Meyer (nee Blieden) (1891-1980) and Zelda Rapeport (nee Meyer) (1924-1999).
Group photograph of Fanny Meyer (nee Blieden) and four generations, Johannesburg. Photographed left to right: Wilma Gluckman (nee Rapeport), Fanny Meyer holding her greatgrandchild Reuben Gluckman, and Zelda Rapeport (nee Meyer).
Photograph of Fanny Meyer (nee Blieden) taken at her eightieth birthday with her eldest and youngest grandchildren, in Viljoenskroon, Free State. Photographed from left to right: Michael Meyer, Fanny Meyer, Susan Krowitz (nee Meyer).