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Zimbabwe, formerly Southern Rhodesia

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

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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]

Daniel Montague Kisch arrived in the country in 1869, long before the British South Africa Company (Cecil John Rhodes) received its charter in 1889. Kisch become the main adviser to the tribal chief, King Lobengula. Many Jewish pioneers of eastern European origin emigrated from the 1880's onward, and were fundamental to the development of the country. Later some arrived from the South, some walking from the east coast Portuguese territory of Mozambique. In the 1930's a small group of German refugees settled mainly in Salisbury (now Harare) and Bulawayo. A community from the Greek island of Rhodes also came. Approximately 900 Jews now live in Zimbabwe, around 600 in Harare and 300 in Bulawayo. Each has its own synagogues and Jewish day schools. Courtesy of Dr. Saul Issroff This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [June 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.

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Zimbabwe Jewish Board of Deputies
PO Box 1954, Harare
Tel 702506

PO Box 1456
Bulawayo
Tel 67383

Central African Jewish Board of Deputies

P.O. Box 342 Harare (Telephone 723647)

P.O. Box 1456 Bulawayo (Telephone 65188)


Ref: Kosmin, B.A., Majuta. A 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
P.O. Box 7734, Causeway, Harare.
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ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS

The Director, National Archives of Zimbabwe
Borrowdale Road, Gunhill
Private Bag 7729
Causeway, Harare
Telephone: 263-4-792741-3/795695/792744
Fax: 263-4-792398


The Archivist (Manicaland), Embassy Building
Second Street
P O Box 825 Mutare
Telephone: 263-020-63815


The Chief Archivist (Matabeleland)
Bulawayo National Archives
P O Box 2358
Bulawayo Telephone: 263-09-230312


The Archivist (Masvingo)
Old Victoria Hotel
P O Box 895
Masvingo
Telephone: 263-039-64178-9


The Records Officer (Chinhoyi)
Old Chinese Complex
P O Box 1332
Chinhoyi
Telephone: 263-067-23251/25518


The Archivist (Gweru)
Old Prison Complex
P. O. Box 825 Gweru
Tel 263- 054-24694/ 25021

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