Information on South African Landsmanshaften #courland #latvia


Eli Rabinowitz
 

We are appealing for information, any publications or articles on SOUTH AFRICAN
LANDSMANSHAFTEN (ASSOCIATIONS) (AKA Sick and Benefit Societies/ Mutual Aid
Societies).

In South Africa in the early 1900s in there were many Mutual Aid Societies/
Associations/Landsmanshaften >from mainly Lithuanian towns including: Aniksht,
Birzh, Chelm ( Poland), Dvinsk (Latvia), Keidan, Kelme, Kovno, Krakinowo, Kroze,
Kupishok, Kurland (Latvia), Lutzin, Malat, Minsk (Belarus), Ponevez, Poswohl,
Plungyan, Rakishok, Riga (Latvia), Shavlan, Shavl, Shater, Tels, Utiyan, Vilna
and Zhagar.

To help one another and the new immigrants arriving with virtually nothing,
Landsleit (people >from the same towns or districts) banded together to form
Landsmanshaften (Mutual Aid Societies) that helped the sick and poor, buried the
dead and provided interest free loans to help members start businesses. They
also provided a place where the community of mainly men 'greeners' could gather
and socialise.

David Sandler's next compilation will be SOUTH AFRICAN LANDSMANSHAFTEN (Jewish
Sick and Benefit Societies / Associations of the early 20th century). While he
has published booklets on Keidan and Krakenowo and has booklets on Ponevez and
Malat, we are looking for information and any other publications of these
Landsleit or any others >from South Africa. Also, we are seeking publications of
any Jewish Communities in Johannesburg.

If anyone can help, please contact:

David Solly Sandler sedsand@...

or

Eli Rabinowitz @elirab

Perth, Australia

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