Fonds BC1305 - Schragenheim Papers

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Schragenheim Papers


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Julian Schragenheim immigrated to Johannesburg from Germany, in 1934, at the age of ten, together with his parents. His father managed to bring out his maternal grandparents in July 1939, but was unfortunately unable to rescue his paternal grandparents, who died in Berlin, in 1940 and 1941, respectively of natural causes, aggravated by lack of proper medical attention and starvation, as Jews were not allowed ration tickets. His aunt committed suicide just before the final roundup of the Jews in Berlin in 1942, rather than be deported by the Nazis. Julian Schragenheim lived in and around Johannesburg until 1995, when he and his wife moved to George. They came to Cape Town in 2005, when he donated this collection to the Kaplan Centre.

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The papers include correspondence relating to his maternal grandfather Siegmund Rosenbaum’s business in Giessen, to the confiscation of his property by the National Socialist regime, and to his grandparents’ emigration to South Africa. It also contains the nineteenth century handwritten Hebrew correspondence of his paternal great grandfather, Rabbi Dr Dov Baer Zomber (1821-1884), a famous rabbinic scholar, from Poland, who taught Talmud at the University in Wuerzberg, and at the Bet-ha-Midrash in Berlin (Encyclopedia Judaica, vol. 16 1972: 1219). The collection also includes copies of the original Kongresszeitung, the newspaper of the Twelfth Zionist Congress in Karlsbad, 7-20 August, 1922, which was attended by his grandfather.


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  • English
  • Hebrew

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  • English



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