Fonds BC1151 - Solly Disner Papers

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Solly Disner Papers


  • 1950-1981 (Creation)

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2 archival boxes

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Born in Lithuania, Solly Disner came to Cape Town at the age of 18. He worked as a grocer in Retreat until at the age of 32, when he resolved to become a sculptor. Entirely self-taught, his work was acclaimed by critics in his first and second exhibitions (1960, 1962) as being in the front rank of South African sculptors.

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A small amount of material was received from the Gitlin Library via the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies. The rest of the collection was donated by Mrs L Levin in 2015.

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Personal material relating to Solly Disner such as correspondence and address books, a biographical article, articles on his sculptural artworks, photographs mainly of sculptures and his poetry in Yiddish together with English translations. There are also notebooks kept by Dr Israel (Issy) Mirvish relating to Solly Disner, and poems by Issy Mirvish, some inscribed to Solly Disner.


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  • English

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A collection of papers and photographs relating to Solly Disner, particularly his early life in Lithuania, forms Series R in BC1556 South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation Collection. See the following link for descriptive information:

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  • English



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