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I Realized the Dream of My Youth (cont.)

Hashomer Hatzair Shirt Lace

Lottery Card


My blessing to you
From the depths of my heart
May God fulfill your prayers
And see only goodness in your life.
Let your way be carpeted with roses
And let them put pearls on your neck
Let your future be pleasant and clear
And let your will be strong.
Always remember our movement
And do not forget our laws
Be a beauty to our nation
When passing through towns and countries.
Be a blessing to mankind
And a joy to your parents.
When crossing mountains and countries
Towns and lands,
If you forget me
Look at these lines
Then you will remember me.
Four Dusiaters and one from Antaliept Students of the “Tarbut” Hebrew Pro-gymnasia in Rokiskis
From right to left: Slovka Segal, Rivka Milun, Lanka Visakolsky, Itale Orlin and Reinka Levin
(from Antaliept)
Bon voyage from Rivka Melamed to her friend Rivka Milun
On the eve of her departure to South Africa, August 1, 1929


In 1930 we left Dusiat.

From London we sailed to South Africa in the ship named “Carnarvon Castle” and the “HIAS” (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) helped us with all the arrangements. We were almost the last ones allowed to enter South Africa. Only so-called “tourists” were allowed to enter the country afterwards.

We tried to open a branch of Hashomer Hatzair in Cape Town. I remember approaching Moti Melamed and others, but there was some difficulty and we did not do it.

Revisionism was a new phenomenon and Betar activities started in Cape Town. Rubik started gathering people, mostly from Lithuania and Poland. Other Betar people I remember are Sobol and Horner, who told that they had escaped the British authorities in Eretz Yisrael. I think that Betar was the largest [youth] movement in South Africa. In later years, Bnei-Akiva also started to be active there. The main theme was the love of Eretz Yisrael.

Aliya to Eretz Yisrael was conducted very slowly. In 1944 South Africa received only five certificates! And even those few caused an outcry, because it was at the expense of the Jews who were suffering in Europe. It is true that in some cases certificates were “wasted” when people who went on aliya were not able to make a go of it, and then returned [yerida]. This was very annoying indeed.

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