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Re: smousing and Afrikaaner relationships #southafrica

geraldine.auerbach@...
 

Thank you Eitan, this is really interesting to show how 'smousing' actually
worked. I have written an article about wholesalers in Kimberley saying how this
was a natural development for Jews >from their experience as a smous. And here he
says clearly that the man in the shop was looking for a travelling salesman.

Is your great uncle Hyman's whole account available to read somewhere? I would
love to read it.

Best wishes
Geraldine


Geraldine Auerbach MBE
T: 020 8907 1905 M: 07971 818 262
geraldine.auerbach@...

-----Original Message-----
From: South Africa SIG <safrica@...>
Sent: 11 December 2019 16:05
To: South Africa SIG <safrica@...>
Subject: [safrica] smousing and Afrikaaner relationships

The following is an extract of an account dictated by my great uncle Hyman Levy
to his son Sam. It is handwritten and some parts { marked so } are illegible. It
gives an insight into the importance of smousing and of the relationships with the
local Afrikaaners - including Paul Kruger's inlaws - and seems to show that
smousing was not negatively regarded.

[Hyman describes his arrival in SA and the various jobs he held in Cape Town and
Johannesburg before going to Rustenberg to smous.]


(Pa.... heard that) a Landsman Mr Ahrenfred was in a shop in Rustenberg and was
looking for a smouser.....

Mr Ahrenfred said Rinderpest was prevalent & oxen were impossible to obtain for
smousing. Donkeys only were available for spanning in. Mr A's clerks father also
wished to accompany Pa on smousing - he also was a Jew. Du Plessis provided the
wagon & donkeys on { ? } and the former {farmer?} drove. Went away for 2/12 &
sold all the goods & returned & in return for goods got some cash but mostly
mealies & corn. Paid 18/- bag mealies & got 30/- bag. Most trade was with Natives
& to a lesser extent with farmers. At Machadasdorp {Rovincross} {bros} had a shop
- then at that time a law was that a smous could only remain for 24 hours.

A paid Pa 15 pounds p.month & food. Then he left for J.Burg - ox wagon - took 3
days. No charge. Farmers knew him well & did not charge him - they treated Jews
very well.

On arrival there stayed in Commissioner Str and bought unframed pictures & stayed
with Theunis Eloff - Paul Krugers son-in-law - & Piet Triechardt - son of
Commandant Triechardt (a school master). This man gave Pa drapery for him to
smous & profits to be shared. Used a wagon with 6 donkeys.

Continued to smous until war broke out. There was credit system & when war broke
out everything was lost. He joined up in the Rustenberg Commando under Casper Du
Plessis - Paul Krugers brother-in-law - who was in charge of mounted commando.

[Hyman then gives an account of taking part in the war on the Boer side.
According to records he was captured by the British in November
1900 and was prisoner of war #17122] .


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica RE: smousing and Afrikaaner relationships #southafrica

geraldine.auerbach@...
 

Thank you Eitan, this is really interesting to show how 'smousing' actually
worked. I have written an article about wholesalers in Kimberley saying how this
was a natural development for Jews >from their experience as a smous. And here he
says clearly that the man in the shop was looking for a travelling salesman.

Is your great uncle Hyman's whole account available to read somewhere? I would
love to read it.

Best wishes
Geraldine


Geraldine Auerbach MBE
T: 020 8907 1905 M: 07971 818 262
geraldine.auerbach@...

-----Original Message-----
From: South Africa SIG <safrica@...>
Sent: 11 December 2019 16:05
To: South Africa SIG <safrica@...>
Subject: [safrica] smousing and Afrikaaner relationships

The following is an extract of an account dictated by my great uncle Hyman Levy
to his son Sam. It is handwritten and some parts { marked so } are illegible. It
gives an insight into the importance of smousing and of the relationships with the
local Afrikaaners - including Paul Kruger's inlaws - and seems to show that
smousing was not negatively regarded.

[Hyman describes his arrival in SA and the various jobs he held in Cape Town and
Johannesburg before going to Rustenberg to smous.]


(Pa.... heard that) a Landsman Mr Ahrenfred was in a shop in Rustenberg and was
looking for a smouser.....

Mr Ahrenfred said Rinderpest was prevalent & oxen were impossible to obtain for
smousing. Donkeys only were available for spanning in. Mr A's clerks father also
wished to accompany Pa on smousing - he also was a Jew. Du Plessis provided the
wagon & donkeys on { ? } and the former {farmer?} drove. Went away for 2/12 &
sold all the goods & returned & in return for goods got some cash but mostly
mealies & corn. Paid 18/- bag mealies & got 30/- bag. Most trade was with Natives
& to a lesser extent with farmers. At Machadasdorp {Rovincross} {bros} had a shop
- then at that time a law was that a smous could only remain for 24 hours.

A paid Pa 15 pounds p.month & food. Then he left for J.Burg - ox wagon - took 3
days. No charge. Farmers knew him well & did not charge him - they treated Jews
very well.

On arrival there stayed in Commissioner Str and bought unframed pictures & stayed
with Theunis Eloff - Paul Krugers son-in-law - & Piet Triechardt - son of
Commandant Triechardt (a school master). This man gave Pa drapery for him to
smous & profits to be shared. Used a wagon with 6 donkeys.

Continued to smous until war broke out. There was credit system & when war broke
out everything was lost. He joined up in the Rustenberg Commando under Casper Du
Plessis - Paul Krugers brother-in-law - who was in charge of mounted commando.

[Hyman then gives an account of taking part in the war on the Boer side.
According to records he was captured by the British in November
1900 and was prisoner of war #17122] .


Re: viewmate request Blitz

Ada Glustein
 

I see Aron or maybe Reuven

Ada Glustein


Re: Family Names in Messages (was #digest)

Alex Girshovich
 

I think that "all caps in family names" was a ground-rule in the JewishGen discussion groups for ages. We just need to keep it after moving to the new platform.
Yes, both Peter's suggestions would be very helpful to everybody.

Alex Girshovich
Jerusalem.


Difficult passage

Selwyn
 

 
Dear members -
Together with my coordinator and her able colleague, we three have been
engaged for about two years in incrementally translating the Dubno Memorial
Book.
We have not worked sequentially but according to the choices of my
coordinator.
I am now engaged in the chapter entitled "Excerpts from the Dubno Journal"
that commences on column 111 at:
 
org/items/31976d00-6c7d-0133-037f-00505686a51c/book#page/6/mode/1up
 
In spite of considerable experience of more than twenty years, I find, after
the opening paragraphs by the author, I have come up against a style of
writing that I have been unable to translate suitably into English. I have
researched extensively, including assistance from a personal friend who is an
English-speaking Talmudic scholar, an extensive dictionary of acronyms and
I have also sought help from the National Library - all to no avail. There
appear to be many local acronyms and other references relating to the era
and locality depicted.
 
Is there a generous soul out there who would consider assisting us on a pro
bono basis?
 
Yours,
  
Selwyn Rose,
 


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page

Bruce Drake
 

Hanukkah is approaching so I thought I’d help you welcome it with three vignettes of the holiday drawn from the Yizkor books of Strzyzow and Kaluszyn in Poland, and Gorodets in Belarus. Some extracts:

“When Hanukkah eve arrived and the Almighty was good to us children and sent us down the first pure white snow, it was for us the greatest happiness and exhilaration. Snowballs were thrown at the sextons while they were reciting the blessings during the candle lighting ceremony” ... “The Chanukah nights were studded with stars. The snow glistened as if to light up God's little acre. On Layzer Farber's hill squeaked little sleighs and on the sidewalks of the main street unhurriedly promenaded young couples dreaming of their future happiness” … “The Chanukah nights were bright and joyful. The smell of latkes wafted from all windows until late into the night. The Chanukah candles flickered slowly; one by one the shutters closed, and the night enfolded the little wooden houses of the town. From a distance one could hear only the creaking of the train wheels at the station at Mrozy. Or was it already the sound of the Angel of Death flapping his wings on his way to the shtetl” … “The lit wicks of the Hanukkah-Menorah, on the window sills of houses, light up the street around them and warm the hearts of children. I stand and watch the burning candle and Hannah and her seven sons march before my eyes. They paid with their life because they were not tempted to betray their belief and their people. Then I see Matityahu the Cohen and Yehuda Maccabee with his soldiers and it seems to me that the Hanukkah candles are in fact a yortzeit [memorial candle lit once a year] candle for the soldiers killed in the revolt.”

URL: https://www.facebook.com/JewishGen.org/posts/2694625007226304?__tn__=K-R


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring, MD


Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Re: Viewmate translation request - Sanok 1900 Census #galicia #poland

Meyer Denn
 

David, could you please tell us where you acquired this census document? I have been looking for this document from my grandfather's village, KORCZYNA, only a few kilometers away from Sanok.

Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Meyer Denn
Beit Shemesh, Israel


Headstone portraits

Renée K. Carl
 

I am just the messenger!

A person on twitter works in estate sales. She came across a bucket of headstone portraits. These images have been removed from headstones. Their origin unknown, but somehow they ended up in Kentucky. The maker of the images is stamped Oak Park, IL so they might have a Midwest origin.

Some of the portraits have names on the back - all the names I have seen appear to be Jewish.

The person who found these is trying to reunite the images with the families. Whether these were stolen or replaced with newer versions is not known.

You can see some here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2825447780809024&id=582166895137135

 
Please contact the person in the links. I am just the messenger. I am trying to get an email address to reach her.
 
Thank you
Renee
 
Renee K. Carl
Washington DC
 
KAROL/CARL - Volhynia, Boston, St Louis
KATSHER/KATCHER/KETCHER - Latvia, New York, St. Louis


Judishcen Friedhof and New Cemetery in Cochem-Hein family

Milton Koch
 

My PGGM, Esther Hein, was born in Cochem in 1834. I have discovered many =
Hein names in the above-mentioned cemeteries.
I am looking for details regarding possible family members, other =
pertinent genealogical data, etc., of several people who are buried in =
these two cemeteries-Hein family members. The burial information and =
cemetery plots are listed in JOWBR-Germany for this town.
These include: Max Hein, Isaak Hein, Abraham Hein, Michel Hein, Anna =
Hein, Moses Hein who have pictures of their gravestones.=20
There are photographs of several of these gravestones from the Judischen =
cemetery, but no images from the New cemetery, however.
I would also appreciate any translation of the Hebrew inscriptions of =
those that are posted.
Thank you.
Milton Koch
Bethesda, MD,USA
HEIN-Cochem


Re: FW: Shevah/Seivah family #romania

luc radu <luc.radu@...>
 

There are seven births of Bercu/Maria Seivah children. Not in Husi but in
Vaslui.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

&#65279;On 12/10/19, 6:20 AM, "Romania SIG on behalf of Liat Cohen LiatCo@..." <rom-sig@...> wrote:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hello,

I'm looking for relatives of Perla David nee Shevah/Seivah
Her partners name was Bercu Seivah and Maria Seivah >from Husi the couple had 4
more children:

Hers Leibu Seivah born in Husi January 1889
Etla Reisa Seivah born in Husi October 1890
Etla Reisa Seivah married Jacob Sraer in July 1912
Itla Seivah born in Husi September 1897
Moise Seivah born in Husi May 1899

Perla Seivah born in Husi June 1902 and she was married Itzik David

Any information you have about this family will be greatly appreciated

Regards,

Liat


Romania SIG #Romania Re: FW: Shevah/Seivah family #romania

luc radu <luc.radu@...>
 

There are seven births of Bercu/Maria Seivah children. Not in Husi but in
Vaslui.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

&#65279;On 12/10/19, 6:20 AM, "Romania SIG on behalf of Liat Cohen LiatCo@..." <rom-sig@...> wrote:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hello,

I'm looking for relatives of Perla David nee Shevah/Seivah
Her partners name was Bercu Seivah and Maria Seivah >from Husi the couple had 4
more children:

Hers Leibu Seivah born in Husi January 1889
Etla Reisa Seivah born in Husi October 1890
Etla Reisa Seivah married Jacob Sraer in July 1912
Itla Seivah born in Husi September 1897
Moise Seivah born in Husi May 1899

Perla Seivah born in Husi June 1902 and she was married Itzik David

Any information you have about this family will be greatly appreciated

Regards,

Liat


Jewish residents of Mühlhausen 1770's-1800s

Alan Ehrlich
 

Dear Genners,

Can anyone possibly point me to information sources regarding Jewish residents of Mühlhausen and vicinity during 1770's-1800s.

All the information I've presently come across either relates to the Middle ages through 1650s, or to post-1820.

For information, I'm researching information re. the following person:

Aron ben Heynemann b. circa 1750 in Rotenburg a.d. Fulda, Germany, who by 1783 resided: in Mühlhausen or vicinity.

...Son of Heynemann "Chaim" ben Meyer b. 1698 °° Emile bat Peritz ben Cappell b. circa 1710 in  Herleshausen, Germany

... Arons siblings variously adopted the surnames: Dellevie, Ballin and Plaut 1808 in Rotenburg a.d. Fulda, while other siblings or their wives/children (subsequently) changed their surnames to: Wertheimer/Werthan, Dilloff, Doellefeld

Thank you.

Friendly regards,
Alan

Alan Ehrlich
Geneva, Switzerland


Re: (US) Senator Mitch Romney Sends Letter to USCJS Objecting to The Outrageous Proposed Fee Increase

Sam G.
 

Makes sense, given Romney's Mormon background and his LDS/FamilySearch constituents. 


LAMPERT - Brooklyn 1940-1947

Jules Feldman
 

The LAMPERT family acc to the 1940 census were living at 1507 38th St, Brooklyn . The family were

Samuel LAMPERT age 47

His wife Esther 44

Henry 24

William 21

Herman 13

In 1947 Esther died while living at the same address.

I will be grateful if anyone can put me in touch with descendants of the LAMPERT family.

Thanks,

Jules Feldman

Kibbutz Yizreel


Searching for grave of Beryl Moshe KANOFSKY/KARNOFSKY #southafrica

Jerry Zevin
 

I am trying to locate the grave of Beryl Moshe Kanofsky/Karnofsky, who emigrated
to South Africa >from Neswiecz, Minsk Gubernia. I assume he lived in the Cape Town
area. I have searched for graves in Pinelands and other locations to no avail.
I am not certain of either his birth or death dates, although I am assuming his
birth would be around 1890 and death in the 1940s. Any help would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks

Jerry Zevin
Irvine, CA


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica Searching for grave of Beryl Moshe KANOFSKY/KARNOFSKY #southafrica

Jerry Zevin
 

I am trying to locate the grave of Beryl Moshe Kanofsky/Karnofsky, who emigrated
to South Africa >from Neswiecz, Minsk Gubernia. I assume he lived in the Cape Town
area. I have searched for graves in Pinelands and other locations to no avail.
I am not certain of either his birth or death dates, although I am assuming his
birth would be around 1890 and death in the 1940s. Any help would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks

Jerry Zevin
Irvine, CA


smousing and Afrikaaner relationships #southafrica

Eitan Levy <levy.eitan@...>
 

The following is an extract of an account dictated by my great uncle
Hyman Levy to his son Sam. It is handwritten and some parts { marked
so } are illegible. It gives an insight into the importance of
smousing and of the relationships with the local Afrikaaners -
including Paul Kruger's inlaws - and seems to show that smousing was
not negatively regarded.

[Hyman describes his arrival in SA and the various jobs he held in
Cape Town and Johannesburg before going to Rustenberg to smous.]


(Pa.... heard that) a Landsman Mr Ahrenfred was in a shop in
Rustenberg and was looking for a smouser.....

Mr Ahrenfred said Rinderpest was prevalent & oxen were impossible to
obtain for smousing. Donkeys only were available for spanning in. Mr
A's clerks father also wished to accompany Pa on smousing - he also
was a Jew. Du Plessis provided the wagon & donkeys on { ? } and the
former {farmer?} drove. Went away for 2/12 & sold all the goods &
returned & in return for goods got some cash but mostly mealies &
corn. Paid 18/- bag mealies & got 30/- bag. Most trade was with
Natives & to a lesser extent with farmers. At Machadasdorp
{Rovincross} {bros} had a shop - then at that time a law was that a
smous could only remain for 24 hours.

A paid Pa 15 pounds p.month & food. Then he left for J.Burg - ox wagon -
took 3 days. No charge. Farmers knew him well & did not charge him -
they treated Jews very well.

On arrival there stayed in Commissioner Str and bought unframed
pictures & stayed with Theunis Eloff - Paul Krugers son-in-law - &
Piet Triechardt - son of Commandant Triechardt (a school master). This
man gave Pa drapery for him to smous & profits to be shared. Used a
wagon with 6 donkeys.

Continued to smous until war broke out. There was credit system & when
war broke out everything was lost. He joined up in the Rustenberg
Commando under Casper Du Plessis - Paul Krugers brother-in-law - who
was in charge of mounted commando.

[Hyman then gives an account of taking part in the war on the Boer
side. According to records he was captured by the British in November
1900 and was prisoner of war #17122] .


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica smousing and Afrikaaner relationships #southafrica

Eitan Levy <levy.eitan@...>
 

The following is an extract of an account dictated by my great uncle
Hyman Levy to his son Sam. It is handwritten and some parts { marked
so } are illegible. It gives an insight into the importance of
smousing and of the relationships with the local Afrikaaners -
including Paul Kruger's inlaws - and seems to show that smousing was
not negatively regarded.

[Hyman describes his arrival in SA and the various jobs he held in
Cape Town and Johannesburg before going to Rustenberg to smous.]


(Pa.... heard that) a Landsman Mr Ahrenfred was in a shop in
Rustenberg and was looking for a smouser.....

Mr Ahrenfred said Rinderpest was prevalent & oxen were impossible to
obtain for smousing. Donkeys only were available for spanning in. Mr
A's clerks father also wished to accompany Pa on smousing - he also
was a Jew. Du Plessis provided the wagon & donkeys on { ? } and the
former {farmer?} drove. Went away for 2/12 & sold all the goods &
returned & in return for goods got some cash but mostly mealies &
corn. Paid 18/- bag mealies & got 30/- bag. Most trade was with
Natives & to a lesser extent with farmers. At Machadasdorp
{Rovincross} {bros} had a shop - then at that time a law was that a
smous could only remain for 24 hours.

A paid Pa 15 pounds p.month & food. Then he left for J.Burg - ox wagon -
took 3 days. No charge. Farmers knew him well & did not charge him -
they treated Jews very well.

On arrival there stayed in Commissioner Str and bought unframed
pictures & stayed with Theunis Eloff - Paul Krugers son-in-law - &
Piet Triechardt - son of Commandant Triechardt (a school master). This
man gave Pa drapery for him to smous & profits to be shared. Used a
wagon with 6 donkeys.

Continued to smous until war broke out. There was credit system & when
war broke out everything was lost. He joined up in the Rustenberg
Commando under Casper Du Plessis - Paul Krugers brother-in-law - who
was in charge of mounted commando.

[Hyman then gives an account of taking part in the war on the Boer
side. According to records he was captured by the British in November
1900 and was prisoner of war #17122] .


Re: The word 'Smouse' for a Jewish peddler #southafrica

Juan-Paul Burke <paysach12@...>
 

LEVY, L. 2018. The Hidden life of a smous. Cape Town: Kaplan Centre.
ZACHARIOU, N. 2017. >from missionary to merino: Identity, economy and
material culture in the Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa, 1800-ca.
1870. PhD. University of Cape Town. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/27553

The 1st is a book about the 'smous', the 2nd is a PhD with a chapter
about the 'smous'.
Contact South African Jewish Museum to order the LEVY book. I don't
know if Kaplan Centre sell directly anymore?

Enjoy!
Jp Burke


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica Re: The word 'Smouse' for a Jewish peddler #southafrica

Juan-Paul Burke <paysach12@...>
 

LEVY, L. 2018. The Hidden life of a smous. Cape Town: Kaplan Centre.
ZACHARIOU, N. 2017. >from missionary to merino: Identity, economy and
material culture in the Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa, 1800-ca.
1870. PhD. University of Cape Town. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/27553

The 1st is a book about the 'smous', the 2nd is a PhD with a chapter
about the 'smous'.
Contact South African Jewish Museum to order the LEVY book. I don't
know if Kaplan Centre sell directly anymore?

Enjoy!
Jp Burke