The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country is southern Africa. The territory was administered from 1890 by the British South African Company and was initially known as South Zambezia, becoming Rhodesia in 1895 and Southern Rhodesia in 1901. The territory was granted internal self government as the Colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1923, although all power was in the hands of the white minority. From 1953 to 1963, Southern Rhodesian was one of the three constituent territories of the semi-independent white-ruled Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The Federation was dissolved on December 31, 1963 and (following Northern Rhodesian independence as the Republic of Zambia) in 1964, the territory assumed the name Rhodesia, although this move was never approved by the UK government. In 1965, white-ruled Rhodesia issued a unilateral declaration of independence from the UK, although no other country granted it legal recognition. Although it initially maintained allegience to the British monarch, in 1979 it adopted a republican constitution as the Republic of Rhodesia. Following multi-racial elections, in 1979 the country was briefly known as the Republic of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. However, following negotiations with the UK, in December 1979, the country reverted to colonial status as the British Dependency of Southern Rhodesia and in 1980 was granted full independence as the Republic of Zimbabwe.
ZIMBABWE - THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Zimbabwe Jewish Community [April 2006]
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"Jewish settlement dates back to the turn of the century and, in some respects, parallels that of South Africa. Jews began to leave the country in large numbers during the civil strife that gripped Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) in the 1970s. Today more than two-thirds of the community's members are 65 or older." Source: Virtual Jerusalem. [October 2000]
Reference: Kosmin, B.A., Majuta History of the Jewish Community of Zimbabwe. Mambo Press, Gwelo, 1980.
Vital Records: Send a letter with the full name, date and place of birth, marriage or death and a bankers draft for 10 Zimbabwe Dollars to The Office of the Registrar, Births, Marriages and Deaths, PO Box 7734, Causeway, Harare.