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Re: Riga, Universities and secular inteligentsia #latvia

BABYCAT3@...
 

thank you for the kind reply. I am in touch with benita and barbara
currently. i appreicate your taking the time to inform me of them.
regards
barbara

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Latvia SIG #Latvia Re: Riga, Universities and secular inteligentsia #latvia

BABYCAT3@...
 

thank you for the kind reply. I am in touch with benita and barbara
currently. i appreicate your taking the time to inform me of them.
regards
barbara

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Town Sherdoff? near Lodz #general

TWynn48492@...
 

Hi
I am trying to trace the history of my paternal grandfather Samuel
(Shlomo) Weintraub,son of David, brother of Ephraiam, who according to my
father was born in 1896 in a small village 65 kilometers >from Lodz. He
said that the nearest railway station was at SHERDOFF. I have been unable
to trace any town of that name in the area so it is probably the
anglicised way of how my grandfather pronounced it.
Any ideas for a location?
All help welcome!
Regards
Toby Wynn


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Town Sherdoff? near Lodz #general

TWynn48492@...
 

Hi
I am trying to trace the history of my paternal grandfather Samuel
(Shlomo) Weintraub,son of David, brother of Ephraiam, who according to my
father was born in 1896 in a small village 65 kilometers >from Lodz. He
said that the nearest railway station was at SHERDOFF. I have been unable
to trace any town of that name in the area so it is probably the
anglicised way of how my grandfather pronounced it.
Any ideas for a location?
All help welcome!
Regards
Toby Wynn


gradsianks #belarus

Lynn <genielady@...>
 

in a letter dated 1923, a cousin >from russia/poland border states that she
and her new husband just got back >from GRADSIANKS. is this another shtetl or
a "resort"? i cannot find on map or any info. thanks,
lynn weisberg
baltimore, md


Belarus Records?? at Douglas Goldman Genealogy Center #belarus

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

To Our SIG Members in Israel:

The Douglas Goldman Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth in
Tel Aviv (formerly known as DOROT) houses the largest collection
of microfilms of Jewish vital records of Poland outside of the LDS
according to a message posted on JewishGen today.

Can someone in Israel please check and find out if their are any records
at Douglas Goldman Genealogy Center for areas that are now part of
Belarus?

Thank you.

Dave

--
David M. Fox
mailto:fox@erols.com
Arnold, MD USA
Belarus SIG Coordinator
<http://www.jewishgen.org/belarus>


Belarus SIG #Belarus gradsianks #belarus

Lynn <genielady@...>
 

in a letter dated 1923, a cousin >from russia/poland border states that she
and her new husband just got back >from GRADSIANKS. is this another shtetl or
a "resort"? i cannot find on map or any info. thanks,
lynn weisberg
baltimore, md


Belarus SIG #Belarus Belarus Records?? at Douglas Goldman Genealogy Center #belarus

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

To Our SIG Members in Israel:

The Douglas Goldman Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth in
Tel Aviv (formerly known as DOROT) houses the largest collection
of microfilms of Jewish vital records of Poland outside of the LDS
according to a message posted on JewishGen today.

Can someone in Israel please check and find out if their are any records
at Douglas Goldman Genealogy Center for areas that are now part of
Belarus?

Thank you.

Dave

--
David M. Fox
mailto:fox@erols.com
Arnold, MD USA
Belarus SIG Coordinator
<http://www.jewishgen.org/belarus>


Finding a ship manifest #belarus

LindaJim Morzillo <jmorzil1@...>
 

Ben Shuman asked:
<I would like to know how to get to the passenger list for the
Pretoria, which sailed >from Hamburg in May 1905 and arrived in New York in
June.>

I have a copy of the 1905 lists of ships >from the Morton Allan Directory for
my own research and indeed, the Pretoria is listed with the arrival date of
May 7, 1905. Ben, knowing that information will make your search easier.
Perhaps another jewishgenner who can visit an office of the National
Archives can look that up for you. You may also look at the web site of the
National Archives which will explain what form to use, (you can print it
from the web site), and where to send it. www.nara.gov is the web site. Be
sure to include all names known to be used by your relatives. For example:
Jacob/Jack/Yankel or Kagan/Cohn/Cohen.

Good luck!

Linda Morzillo
Saratoga Springs, NY
Jmorzil1@nycap.rr.com

Researching:

PRESS and SCHNEIDER in Vidukle and and other Raseiniai towns
AMCHISLAVSKY and ERLICHMAN in Rostov-on-Don and previously Kozelsk and
Oster, Chernigov Gubernia
COHEN/KAGAN and BORNSTEIN in Oshmyany, Vilna and France
KOSOFSKY in Stuchin/Szczuczyn/Shchuchyn/Scucyn
SWOTINSKY in Grodno Gubernia Poland/Russia/Belarus


Revised edition of WOWW #belarus

Gary Mokotoff <mokotoff@...>
 

Alas, the revised edition of WOWW has been rescheduled for late this year,
early next year. The person who took the assignment more than two years ago
defaulted on his agreement with Avotaynu. It is expected that more than 75%
of the towns in the current book will have some sort of change including
numerous additions to the list of sources. I have updated our website to
reflect this change.

Gary Mokotoff
Avotaynu


Re: Updated Lodz Surnames List #poland

Steven A. Zedeck <saz@...>
 

Jean:
This was brought to my attention yesterday. I immediately
fixed it and uploaded a revised file. Sorry for any inconvenience.

As usual, if you or anyone sees any error on any JRI-Poland
web page, please let me know.

Regards,
Steve
JRI-Poland co-founder and web master
--------

Mervin Rosenbaum wrote:

Researchers using the Updated Lodz Surnames List should be aware of the fact
that the alphabetizing is not perfect. For example, there are some names
beginning with the letter L in the middle of the Z's. Also, some names
beginning with PA and PL are at the end of the P's.

Jean Rosenbaum
Baytown, TX
--
* Steven A. Zedeck
* Email: saz@JLC.net
* 25 Cathedral Circle
* Nashua, NH 03063


Belarus SIG #Belarus Finding a ship manifest #belarus

LindaJim Morzillo <jmorzil1@...>
 

Ben Shuman asked:
<I would like to know how to get to the passenger list for the
Pretoria, which sailed >from Hamburg in May 1905 and arrived in New York in
June.>

I have a copy of the 1905 lists of ships >from the Morton Allan Directory for
my own research and indeed, the Pretoria is listed with the arrival date of
May 7, 1905. Ben, knowing that information will make your search easier.
Perhaps another jewishgenner who can visit an office of the National
Archives can look that up for you. You may also look at the web site of the
National Archives which will explain what form to use, (you can print it
from the web site), and where to send it. www.nara.gov is the web site. Be
sure to include all names known to be used by your relatives. For example:
Jacob/Jack/Yankel or Kagan/Cohn/Cohen.

Good luck!

Linda Morzillo
Saratoga Springs, NY
Jmorzil1@nycap.rr.com

Researching:

PRESS and SCHNEIDER in Vidukle and and other Raseiniai towns
AMCHISLAVSKY and ERLICHMAN in Rostov-on-Don and previously Kozelsk and
Oster, Chernigov Gubernia
COHEN/KAGAN and BORNSTEIN in Oshmyany, Vilna and France
KOSOFSKY in Stuchin/Szczuczyn/Shchuchyn/Scucyn
SWOTINSKY in Grodno Gubernia Poland/Russia/Belarus


Belarus SIG #Belarus Revised edition of WOWW #belarus

Gary Mokotoff <mokotoff@...>
 

Alas, the revised edition of WOWW has been rescheduled for late this year,
early next year. The person who took the assignment more than two years ago
defaulted on his agreement with Avotaynu. It is expected that more than 75%
of the towns in the current book will have some sort of change including
numerous additions to the list of sources. I have updated our website to
reflect this change.

Gary Mokotoff
Avotaynu


JRI Poland #Poland Re: Updated Lodz Surnames List #poland

Steven A. Zedeck <saz@...>
 

Jean:
This was brought to my attention yesterday. I immediately
fixed it and uploaded a revised file. Sorry for any inconvenience.

As usual, if you or anyone sees any error on any JRI-Poland
web page, please let me know.

Regards,
Steve
JRI-Poland co-founder and web master
--------

Mervin Rosenbaum wrote:

Researchers using the Updated Lodz Surnames List should be aware of the fact
that the alphabetizing is not perfect. For example, there are some names
beginning with the letter L in the middle of the Z's. Also, some names
beginning with PA and PL are at the end of the P's.

Jean Rosenbaum
Baytown, TX
--
* Steven A. Zedeck
* Email: saz@JLC.net
* 25 Cathedral Circle
* Nashua, NH 03063


ACKERMAN FAMILY #southafrica

E Goldstein <eligold@...>
 

The following is an excerpt >from Pick & Pay's website
http://www.picknpay.co.za

Raymond Ackerman

Raymond Ackerman didn't grow up knowing that he would start an enormously
successful chain of Supermarkets. Although his father, Gus, had been one of
the founders of Ackermans, South Africa's first retail chain, the business
was started after the depression on borrowed money and Gus never fully
tasted the fruits of his own labour.

For someone so compassionate, Raymond Ackerman had a remarkably pressured
upbringing. He and his siblings went to good schools and never lacked for
anything. However, they were drilled with perpetual hard work and the belief
that success requires both good ideas and eternal vigilance.

At the University of Cape Town (UCT), Ackerman studied under Professor WH
Hutt, who preached consumer sovereignty at a time when cosy agreements
between business and government were the norm. "Care for the customers and
they will care for you," Hutt used to say, encouraging his students to
ignore attempts to even out the cycles of supply and demand in favour of a
winner-takes-all strategy - a sure way to stimulate the economy to the
benefit of all but the losers.

Although his father thought it totally impractical, the mixture of
philanthropy and unbridled competition appealed immensely to Ackerman
junior. Sorting buttons and ladies' underwear at Ackermans was his first job
after he graduated and, in his brand new suit, the budding young
entrepreneur learned the meaning of courtesy by spending Saturday mornings
welcoming shoppers to the store and getting chairs for old ladies.

Just as the frustration was reaching unbearable levels, he found a position
in the Greatermans stores and there he learned about a much wider range of
merchandise and clientele. OK Bazaars already had some success with
groceries in their chain stores and when, in 1955, Greatermans decided to
convert one of their old stores to a Supermarket, this became the starting
point of the Checkers chain.

Ackerman could barely contain his enthusiasm. He and his friends had spent
hours philosophising about the benefit of economies of scale - buying in
bulk and selling cheaply to maximise profits - and here was an opportunity
to try it out.

He believed that the necessity for regular food purchases means that it can
be profitably sold at much lower mark-ups than clothing or general
merchandise, which are not purchased as frequently. But Greatermans'
management didn't share Ackerman's enthusiasm for this dangerous experiment.
Norman Herber, the son of Harry Herber, to whom Gus Ackerman had sold the
Ackerman's chain in desperation, was now in control of Greatermans. Although
Ackerman junior was good at his job and well liked by staff and customers,
Herber did not appreciate him implementing his unconventional ideas. They
had only permitted food in their stores because it brought in people; now,
they felt, Ackerman was determined to make a loss on it.

Because food retailing was an unknown trade in South Africa, Ackerman begged
Herber to let him travel to America to investigate Supermarketing trends in
their most advanced form. By the time Herber agreed, six months later,
Ackerman's wife, Wendy, had a three month old baby (Gareth). Already aware
that she might lose her new husband to his passion for Supermarketing unless
she could share it, she decided to leave Gareth with Wendy's parents, and
the couple embarked on a six-month tour of the States.

With limited funds, they travelled by Greyhound bus, sleeping in truck stops
and doing every kind of Supermarket job available, >from shelf packing to
fish cutting. They also attended seminars presented by retailing guru,
Bernardo Trujillo, on behalf of National Cash, explaining the theories of
modern retailing. They had found in Trujillo another influential person who
believed consumer sovereignty was the cornerstone of good retail business,
yet, unlike Hutt, whose approach was academic, Trujillo was a hard-nosed
businessman.

"Always remember Marilyn Monroe Miller," Trujillo advised. "Desirable goods,
which are openly displayed and readily accessible make for good retailing."
Desirable goods means the best and most appropriate merchandise, an open
display refers to the facilitation of self-service, allowing shoppers to
touch and feel the merchandise, and making it readily accessible requires
wide aisles, attractive layout, and serviced trolleys.

Trujillo conceptualised the whole labyrinth of Supermarketing as four legs
of a table: Finance & Administration, Merchandise & Pricing, Marketing &
Social Responsiblity, and People. To achieve success in a business, he said,
these aspects must balance each other and, on that basis, a philosophy of
Consumer Sovereignty could be implemented.

When the Ackermans returned to South Africa, Herber decided to move Raymond
back into Menswear at Greatermans, meaning the lessons learned in the States
had to be put on ice. However, the new manager of the Checkers chain didn't
perform and, with management's back to the wall, Ackerman got his chance to
run the Checkers stores, utilising his new-found knowledge.

There was constant disagreement about price cutting and almost all other
issues involved in food retailing. Nevertheless, by 1966, Ackerman had grown
the Checkers chain >from two to 85 stores. He was winning business awards
left, right and centre, and the press loved him for his frankness and his
penchant for turning consumer issues into David and Goliath stories that
gripped the public imagination.

Despite this success, the same year, on returning >from his father's funeral
in Cape Town, Ackerman was informed that his services were no longer
required by the Greatermans group. Out of respect for Ackerman senior, who
had remained a board member at Greatermans after his business was bought
out, Herber had tolerated the young upstart; but there was no need to do so
any longer. His action is now regarded as one of the most ill-considered
business decisions in South African history.

Disappointment gave way to opportunity in the form of a telephone call from
Jack Goldin, a Cape Town retailer who wanted a third partner in his small
Pick 'n Pay chain. Ackerman was adamant that he would not consider a
business where he did not have control and eventually Goldin relented,
offering to sell out for R620 000.

The deal was struck on what Ackerman now describes as 90% guts and 10%
capital, as he had only R10 000 in savings. The task of figuring out how
they would raise the rest of the money fell to his brother-in-law, Issy
Fine, who was a shrewd businessman with a masterful accountant, Harold
Gorvy. Fine then raised half the money in Cape Town and sent Raymond
Ackerman back to Johannesburg to raise the rest on the strength of his
reputation.

Pick 'n Pay rapidly became a threat to the Western Cape operations of the
existing national chains and the competitors colluded in an effort to close
Pick 'n Pay down with a price war, selling everything very much below cost
to get customers in the Western Cape back into their stores.

Ackerman decided to fight on two fronts and by 1972, he had opened stores in
Cape and Port Elizabeth. This ended the price war and, having expanded out
of the Western Cape, Ackerman regained his confidence and his management
team of scandalously young men started opening stores in Johannesburg and
the other major centres.

During the 60's and 70's, consumers began to recognise Ackerman as someone
who fought on their behalf whenever deals were struck which protected the
farmers, suppliers or the government at their expense. Of course, Pick 'n
Pay was hardly popular with their suppliers, the farmers or the government,
but it seemed futile to complain when their business was good and solid.

During these years of Pick 'n Pay's massive growth, Ackerman maintained
contact with his international retailing friends, and kept up to date with
their latest innovations - he is shameless about copying great ideas, and
believes spurious invention is not good for business.

The 80's proved a trying time for both Ackerman and his Company. The South
African economy had cooled down rapidly and inflation crept up, leaving
consumers reworking their budgets to make their rands stretch further.
Politically motivated violence was on the increase and, against the odds,
Ackerman insisted that sanctions would damage South Africa further. He
struggled to unite businessmen in lobbying the governments of both PW Botha
and FW de Klerk, urging political reform.

The 90's brought a tumultuous, but largely peaceful transition to democracy,
yet Pick 'n Pay went through a parallel series of shakedowns and experiments
with different management structures. The division of the business into two
operating divisions, retail and group enterprises under the chairmanship of
Raymond Ackerman is working well and profits are once again on the rise.

Thirty years after he started Pick 'n Pay, Ackerman remains firmly in charge
only because he has acquired the wisdom to let go of those parts of the
business that are best left to a younger breed of retailers, who will carry
his legacy through into the twenty-first Century.

-----Original Message-----
From: South Africa SIG digest <safrica@lyris.jewishgen.org>
To: safrica digest recipients <safrica@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Date: 30 March 2001 07:57
Subject: safrica digest: March 29, 2001


SAFRICA Digest for Thursday, March 29, 2001.
1. Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg
2. Re: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg

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Subject: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg
From: "Craig Sugerman" <csug18@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 20:41:00 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I am searching for relatives who left Latvia >from Iluxte or Dvinsk in the
1915-1925 timeframe. Their name is Ackerman or Akerman. Their
grandparents or great grandparents were Rabbi Mendel and Yudis(Lack)
Ackerman. Supposedly they ran a large department store called
Ackerman's in Johannesburg. Any knowledge of family please
let me know. email csug@hotmail.
com.
Thank You, Craig Sugerman
81 Farina Rd
Newton,Mass 02459


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Subject: Re: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg
From: "robin hilson" <lynrob@one.net.au>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 20:47:14 +1000
X-Message-Number: 2

there is a major corporation in South Africa called pick n pay, which was
started by Raymond Ackerman, a grandson of the Founder of Ackerman Stores.
Raymond commenced his career in Ackerman Stores. I live in Australia so I
dont know where Raymond is. I assume he is still in South Africa and
contactable through Pick n pay
Robin Hilson
Sydney
Australia
-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Sugerman <csug18@hotmail.com>
To: South Africa SIG <safrica@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Date: Friday, 30 March 2001 12:53
Subject: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg


I am searching for relatives who left Latvia >from Iluxte or Dvinsk in
the
1915-1925 timeframe. Their name is Ackerman or Akerman. Their
grandparents or great grandparents were Rabbi Mendel and Yudis(Lack)
Ackerman. Supposedly they ran a large department store called
Ackerman's in Johannesburg. Any knowledge of family please
let me know. email csug@hotmail.
com.


---

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South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica ACKERMAN FAMILY #southafrica

E Goldstein <eligold@...>
 

The following is an excerpt >from Pick & Pay's website
http://www.picknpay.co.za

Raymond Ackerman

Raymond Ackerman didn't grow up knowing that he would start an enormously
successful chain of Supermarkets. Although his father, Gus, had been one of
the founders of Ackermans, South Africa's first retail chain, the business
was started after the depression on borrowed money and Gus never fully
tasted the fruits of his own labour.

For someone so compassionate, Raymond Ackerman had a remarkably pressured
upbringing. He and his siblings went to good schools and never lacked for
anything. However, they were drilled with perpetual hard work and the belief
that success requires both good ideas and eternal vigilance.

At the University of Cape Town (UCT), Ackerman studied under Professor WH
Hutt, who preached consumer sovereignty at a time when cosy agreements
between business and government were the norm. "Care for the customers and
they will care for you," Hutt used to say, encouraging his students to
ignore attempts to even out the cycles of supply and demand in favour of a
winner-takes-all strategy - a sure way to stimulate the economy to the
benefit of all but the losers.

Although his father thought it totally impractical, the mixture of
philanthropy and unbridled competition appealed immensely to Ackerman
junior. Sorting buttons and ladies' underwear at Ackermans was his first job
after he graduated and, in his brand new suit, the budding young
entrepreneur learned the meaning of courtesy by spending Saturday mornings
welcoming shoppers to the store and getting chairs for old ladies.

Just as the frustration was reaching unbearable levels, he found a position
in the Greatermans stores and there he learned about a much wider range of
merchandise and clientele. OK Bazaars already had some success with
groceries in their chain stores and when, in 1955, Greatermans decided to
convert one of their old stores to a Supermarket, this became the starting
point of the Checkers chain.

Ackerman could barely contain his enthusiasm. He and his friends had spent
hours philosophising about the benefit of economies of scale - buying in
bulk and selling cheaply to maximise profits - and here was an opportunity
to try it out.

He believed that the necessity for regular food purchases means that it can
be profitably sold at much lower mark-ups than clothing or general
merchandise, which are not purchased as frequently. But Greatermans'
management didn't share Ackerman's enthusiasm for this dangerous experiment.
Norman Herber, the son of Harry Herber, to whom Gus Ackerman had sold the
Ackerman's chain in desperation, was now in control of Greatermans. Although
Ackerman junior was good at his job and well liked by staff and customers,
Herber did not appreciate him implementing his unconventional ideas. They
had only permitted food in their stores because it brought in people; now,
they felt, Ackerman was determined to make a loss on it.

Because food retailing was an unknown trade in South Africa, Ackerman begged
Herber to let him travel to America to investigate Supermarketing trends in
their most advanced form. By the time Herber agreed, six months later,
Ackerman's wife, Wendy, had a three month old baby (Gareth). Already aware
that she might lose her new husband to his passion for Supermarketing unless
she could share it, she decided to leave Gareth with Wendy's parents, and
the couple embarked on a six-month tour of the States.

With limited funds, they travelled by Greyhound bus, sleeping in truck stops
and doing every kind of Supermarket job available, >from shelf packing to
fish cutting. They also attended seminars presented by retailing guru,
Bernardo Trujillo, on behalf of National Cash, explaining the theories of
modern retailing. They had found in Trujillo another influential person who
believed consumer sovereignty was the cornerstone of good retail business,
yet, unlike Hutt, whose approach was academic, Trujillo was a hard-nosed
businessman.

"Always remember Marilyn Monroe Miller," Trujillo advised. "Desirable goods,
which are openly displayed and readily accessible make for good retailing."
Desirable goods means the best and most appropriate merchandise, an open
display refers to the facilitation of self-service, allowing shoppers to
touch and feel the merchandise, and making it readily accessible requires
wide aisles, attractive layout, and serviced trolleys.

Trujillo conceptualised the whole labyrinth of Supermarketing as four legs
of a table: Finance & Administration, Merchandise & Pricing, Marketing &
Social Responsiblity, and People. To achieve success in a business, he said,
these aspects must balance each other and, on that basis, a philosophy of
Consumer Sovereignty could be implemented.

When the Ackermans returned to South Africa, Herber decided to move Raymond
back into Menswear at Greatermans, meaning the lessons learned in the States
had to be put on ice. However, the new manager of the Checkers chain didn't
perform and, with management's back to the wall, Ackerman got his chance to
run the Checkers stores, utilising his new-found knowledge.

There was constant disagreement about price cutting and almost all other
issues involved in food retailing. Nevertheless, by 1966, Ackerman had grown
the Checkers chain >from two to 85 stores. He was winning business awards
left, right and centre, and the press loved him for his frankness and his
penchant for turning consumer issues into David and Goliath stories that
gripped the public imagination.

Despite this success, the same year, on returning >from his father's funeral
in Cape Town, Ackerman was informed that his services were no longer
required by the Greatermans group. Out of respect for Ackerman senior, who
had remained a board member at Greatermans after his business was bought
out, Herber had tolerated the young upstart; but there was no need to do so
any longer. His action is now regarded as one of the most ill-considered
business decisions in South African history.

Disappointment gave way to opportunity in the form of a telephone call from
Jack Goldin, a Cape Town retailer who wanted a third partner in his small
Pick 'n Pay chain. Ackerman was adamant that he would not consider a
business where he did not have control and eventually Goldin relented,
offering to sell out for R620 000.

The deal was struck on what Ackerman now describes as 90% guts and 10%
capital, as he had only R10 000 in savings. The task of figuring out how
they would raise the rest of the money fell to his brother-in-law, Issy
Fine, who was a shrewd businessman with a masterful accountant, Harold
Gorvy. Fine then raised half the money in Cape Town and sent Raymond
Ackerman back to Johannesburg to raise the rest on the strength of his
reputation.

Pick 'n Pay rapidly became a threat to the Western Cape operations of the
existing national chains and the competitors colluded in an effort to close
Pick 'n Pay down with a price war, selling everything very much below cost
to get customers in the Western Cape back into their stores.

Ackerman decided to fight on two fronts and by 1972, he had opened stores in
Cape and Port Elizabeth. This ended the price war and, having expanded out
of the Western Cape, Ackerman regained his confidence and his management
team of scandalously young men started opening stores in Johannesburg and
the other major centres.

During the 60's and 70's, consumers began to recognise Ackerman as someone
who fought on their behalf whenever deals were struck which protected the
farmers, suppliers or the government at their expense. Of course, Pick 'n
Pay was hardly popular with their suppliers, the farmers or the government,
but it seemed futile to complain when their business was good and solid.

During these years of Pick 'n Pay's massive growth, Ackerman maintained
contact with his international retailing friends, and kept up to date with
their latest innovations - he is shameless about copying great ideas, and
believes spurious invention is not good for business.

The 80's proved a trying time for both Ackerman and his Company. The South
African economy had cooled down rapidly and inflation crept up, leaving
consumers reworking their budgets to make their rands stretch further.
Politically motivated violence was on the increase and, against the odds,
Ackerman insisted that sanctions would damage South Africa further. He
struggled to unite businessmen in lobbying the governments of both PW Botha
and FW de Klerk, urging political reform.

The 90's brought a tumultuous, but largely peaceful transition to democracy,
yet Pick 'n Pay went through a parallel series of shakedowns and experiments
with different management structures. The division of the business into two
operating divisions, retail and group enterprises under the chairmanship of
Raymond Ackerman is working well and profits are once again on the rise.

Thirty years after he started Pick 'n Pay, Ackerman remains firmly in charge
only because he has acquired the wisdom to let go of those parts of the
business that are best left to a younger breed of retailers, who will carry
his legacy through into the twenty-first Century.

-----Original Message-----
From: South Africa SIG digest <safrica@lyris.jewishgen.org>
To: safrica digest recipients <safrica@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Date: 30 March 2001 07:57
Subject: safrica digest: March 29, 2001


SAFRICA Digest for Thursday, March 29, 2001.
1. Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg
2. Re: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg

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Subject: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg
From: "Craig Sugerman" <csug18@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 20:41:00 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I am searching for relatives who left Latvia >from Iluxte or Dvinsk in the
1915-1925 timeframe. Their name is Ackerman or Akerman. Their
grandparents or great grandparents were Rabbi Mendel and Yudis(Lack)
Ackerman. Supposedly they ran a large department store called
Ackerman's in Johannesburg. Any knowledge of family please
let me know. email csug@hotmail.
com.
Thank You, Craig Sugerman
81 Farina Rd
Newton,Mass 02459


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Subject: Re: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg
From: "robin hilson" <lynrob@one.net.au>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 20:47:14 +1000
X-Message-Number: 2

there is a major corporation in South Africa called pick n pay, which was
started by Raymond Ackerman, a grandson of the Founder of Ackerman Stores.
Raymond commenced his career in Ackerman Stores. I live in Australia so I
dont know where Raymond is. I assume he is still in South Africa and
contactable through Pick n pay
Robin Hilson
Sydney
Australia
-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Sugerman <csug18@hotmail.com>
To: South Africa SIG <safrica@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Date: Friday, 30 March 2001 12:53
Subject: Ackerman Family, Latvia, and Johannesburg


I am searching for relatives who left Latvia >from Iluxte or Dvinsk in
the
1915-1925 timeframe. Their name is Ackerman or Akerman. Their
grandparents or great grandparents were Rabbi Mendel and Yudis(Lack)
Ackerman. Supposedly they ran a large department store called
Ackerman's in Johannesburg. Any knowledge of family please
let me know. email csug@hotmail.
com.


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