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Nelson Mandela revisits his prison cell on Robben Island in 1994, four years after his release from prison.
Celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela
UCT Libraries celebrate the extraordinary life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, affectionately known as 'Madiba'. The Libraries hold many unique photographs, films, and documents relating to the life and struggles of Nelson Mandela. As a tribute to...
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Welcome to the Jewish Studies Library
The Jewish Studies Library contains an interdisciplinary multilingual collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals in the field of Jewish Studies. It also holds an extensive collection of archival materials from Jewish institutions and private...


Thursday, 17 August 2017
Jewish honor courts
New Book at JSL: Jewish honor courts

In the aftermath of World War II, virtually all European countries struggled with the dilemma of citizens who had collaborated with Nazi occupiers. Jewish communities in particular faced the difficult task of confronting collaborators among their own ranks—those who had served on Jewish councils, worked as ghetto police, or acted as informants. European Jews established their own tribunals—honor courts—for dealing with these crimes, while Israel held dozens of court cases against alleged collaborators under a law passed two years after its founding.

Publication Date:
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 15:00
The archive thief
New Book at JSL: The archive thief

Born into poverty in Russian Poland in 1911, Zosa Szajkowski (Shy-KOV-ski) was a self-made man who managed to make a life for himself as an intellectual, first as a journalist in 1930s Paris, and then, after a harrowing escape to New York in 1941, as a scholar. Although he never taught at a university or even earned a PhD, Szajkowski became one of the world's foremost experts on the history of the Jews in modern France, publishing in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew. His work opened up new ways of thinking about Jewish emancipation, economic and social modernization, and the rise of modern anti-Semitism.

Publication Date:
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 15:00
Double diaspora in Sephardic literature
New Book at JSL: Double diaspora in Sephardic literature

David A. Wacks examines the works of Sephardic writers from the 13th to the 16th centuries and shows that this literature was shaped by two interwoven experiences of diaspora: first from the Biblical homeland Zion and later from the ancestral hostland, Sefarad.

Publication Date:
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 12:30
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
New Book at JSL: Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris

This portrait of Cyril Harris' years in South Africa, and his background, gives a glimpse into one of the most fascinating moments in South African history, the spirit of the times, and the Jewish thread which he weaved through those years of change.

Publication Date:
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 15:00