Jewish Memories of Mandela: Reviews and Articles

Jewish Memories of Mandela offers a fresh perspective of the story of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle as seen through the lives and recollections of Jewish South Africans who were a part of it. It gives new insights into such well-known personalities as Helen Suzman, Ali Bacher, Joe Slovo, Sol Kerzner, Tony Leon and Arthur Chaskalson and their role in South Africa’s democratic transformation.

  • © Copyright South African Jewish Board of Deputies & the Umoja Foundation.
  • Text by David Saks
  • ISBN: 978-0-620-50613-7
  • SA release: August 2011
  • Hardback, linen-bound, 264 pages
  • Modern South African History/ Apartheid/SA Jewry

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Shortly before Shabbat last week, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein spoke to Dr Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of former President Nelson Mandela, to convey to the family the Jewish community’s prayers and support. In thanking Rabbi Goldstein, Dr Mandela asked him specifically to convey to the Jewish community that her father cherished “the special and warm relationship” he had had with South African Jews and that he deeply appreciated how throughout his life he had enjoyed the warmth, kindness and support of the Jewish community.

With the life of this extraordinary man now inexorably drawing to a close, South Africans of all races and creeds are preparing with heavy hearts to bid a final farewell to their country’s greatest son. It is not a time for recriminations and finger-pointing, nor is it a time for any individual or group to presume to share in the light of his legacy. South African Jews, notwithstanding Mandela’s generous acknowledgment of the support he received from members of their community, are well aware that in these sad times, it is to Mandela alone that all tributes belong. Nor should it be forgotten that while many Jewish individuals did indeed play a valuable part in his life and career, the majority of Jews chose not to confront the apartheid system in any meaningful way. [read more]

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Review of Jewish Memories of Mandela by Prof Reuben Musiker

28 November 2011

The world of the printed book continues to grow exponentially even in a digital age, which is itself peaking. A printed book continues to be born every thirty seconds, while well over a million titles are published annually. Electronic e-books have overtaken hard-covered printed books, yet neither format shows any sign of diminishing in number. [...]

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Cape Connections in Jewish Memories of Mandela

1 November 2011

Jewish Memories of Mandela, a landmark publication that was recently launched at the 46th national conference of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, tells the Mandela story as reflected in the lives and recollections of Jewish community members who were associated with him over the decades.

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What the Reviewers Thought

1 November 2011

“An impressive coffee-table book … a handsome, richly illustrated tribute to a great man and some of the … men and women … privileged to share part of his life journey … An attractive collector’s piece for those interested in Judaism and Mandeliana” John Boje, The Star Tonight

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The Ties That Bind

25 October 2011

By Amanda Watson There is no doubt that South African Jewry has played an enormous part in the tumultuous history of this country.

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Synopsis

11 October 2011

Nelson Mandela’s legal and political work brought him into contact with a vast array of Jewish people across the spectrum: lawyers and legal clerks, communists and communal leaders, business leaders and bankers, physicians and philanthropists, rabbis and rabble-rousers. Jewish Memories of Mandela – a new book published in August 2011 under the joint auspices of [...]

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Extracts and Articles

10 October 2011

David Saks, “Jewish Memories of Mandela – Cape Town Recollections”, from the Cape Jewish Chronicle, October 2011 (Page 18) Steven Gruzd, “Mandela and the Middle East”, from the SA Jewish Observer, September 2011 Steven Gruzd, “Madiba’s Rabbonim” in Jewish Life, September 2011

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