Series - Rapeport Family Photograph and Document Series

Rapeport Family, "Portrait of Louis Rapeport" Rapeport Family, "Death Notice of Jacob Fleischer" Rapeport Family, "Liquidation of Jacob Fleischer 1" Rapeport Family, "Liquidation of Jacob Fleischer 2" Rapeport Family, "Jacob Fleischer's Estate 1" Rapeport Family, "Jacob Fleischer's Estate 2" Rapeport Family, "The Account of the Estate of Jetta Rapeport 1" Rapeport Family, "The Account of the Estate of Jetta Rapeport 2" Rapeport Family, "Articles Given to Rosa Fleischer" Rapeport Family, "Liquidation of Jetta's Estate"
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Rapeport Family Photograph and Document Series

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  • 2014- (Custody)
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    SAJM Jewish Digital Archive Project (JDAP)
  • 2014 (Donation)
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    Naomi Rapeport
  • 1888-1997 (Collection)
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    Rapeport Meyer

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The Rapeport Family Collection donated by Naomi Rapeport consists of a number of photographs and documents from the Rapeport Family. The Rapeport family roots can be traced to Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, Cape Colony.

In the 1880s two Russian immigrants, Louis Rapeport and Lazarus Rappeport resided in Calitzdorp. Louis Rapeport was a hawker and Lazarus Rappeport, whose surname was at times spelt as Rapeport, was a speculator and commission agent. Louis Rapeport initially married the widow Jetta Fleischer (nee Sebasewitz). Following Jetta’s death, he then married the widow Louisa Ettin (nee Kantor). They had three sons. Lazarus Rappeport was married to Rosa Kabaker and they had three children.

In 1909 Rosa and her children emigrated to Chicago, USA. The family never saw Lazarus Rappeport again. The children in the USA were convinced that Louis and Lazarus were one and the same person. However, Louis Rapeport is buried in Pretoria and Lazarus Rappeport is buried in Cradock. Their exact relationship is unknown as their tombstones have different Hebrew names for their respective fathers. It is notable that one of Louis Rapeport’s sons was named Lazarus.

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Donated by Naomi Rapeport

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Unless otherwise stated the copyright of all material on the Jewish Digital Archive Project resides with the South African Jewish Museum.

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