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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.