Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy SA-SIG
CHOL – COMMUNITY HISTORY ON-LINE
By Geraldine Auerbach MBE
20 October 2023
Editor: Dr Saul Issroff
Copyright © 2023 Saul Issroff, Mike Getz, SAfrica SIG
and Jewishgen Inc.
Date: 20 October 2023
Preserving the footprint of Southern African Jewish life online
CHOL is an organisation set up in 2020 bringing together (under the auspices of the Kaplan Centre at UCT and the South African Jewish Museum (SAJM)) all those working on / or interested in the history of Jewish Communities in Southern Africa.
The internet has provided unprecedented facilities for connecting people and preserving their stories. CHOL has created a website where in one place you can find links to activity of this kind. CHOL has already listed 42 communities with some form of online presence, the most comprehensive being Kimberley and Zimbabwe/Zambia, the latest additions being the small towns of Ceres, Laingsburg and Darling.
The website has sections for family sagas and monographs of individuals and already there are 28 of these posted on the 'Memoirs' page of the site, ranging from 8 pages to 300 pages each. They cover Jewish life in places such as Upington, District Six, Malmesbury, Johannesburg and Pietersburg as well as South African Jews in the Second World War.