Fonds BC680 - Kaplan-Kushlick Collection

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Kaplan-Kushlick Collection


  • 1880 - 1979 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

8 archive boxes

Name of creator


Biographical history

Mendel Kaplan was a South African Jewish industrialist, philanthropist and community activist.

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Marian Robertson (1922-2004), radio journalist, freelance researcher, and historian.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mendel Kaplan via Marian Robertson.

Scope and content

The collection comprises research material, tapes, typescripts, photographs, manuscripts and proofs relating to the book of 'From Shtetl to Steelmaking. The story of three immigrant families and a family business' by Mendel Kaplan with Solomon Kaplan and Marian Robertson, published by the Kaplan-Kushlick Foundation in 1979. The research relates to history of the company Cape Gate Fence & Wire Works (Pty) Ltd, which was founded in Parow in August 1929. It was started by Isaac Kaplan (1906-1974) who invited two partners to join him: his brother Solomon Kaplan (1909- ) and Solomon Kushlick (1900- ).
Mendel Kaplan's aim in writing the book aside from covering the business history was to tell the story of the migration of Jews from Lithuania to South Africa between 1880 and 1901, demonstrating it by the story of three families and the family business.


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Conditions governing access

Almost all the material is closed for access until 2029 unless written permission has been given by the trustees of the Kaplan-Kushlick Trust.

Conditions governing reproduction

No material may be reproduced without the permission of the Kaplan-Kushlick Trust.

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Finding aids

A preliminary listing of the contents of the collection is available on request.

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Marian Robertson Papers, BC1459

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