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Antisemitism in South Africa


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 695

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Antisemitism in South Africa

Date(s): 1929-1946

Level of description: Collection level (fonds)

Extent: 1 folder

Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

This collection of papers documents antisemitism in various forms in South Africa mostly during the 1930s.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers concerning Antisemitism in South Africa, 1929-1946, reflect opinions concerning the Jewish presence within South Africa, the activities of South African nationalists and a law suit against a leading South African antisemite. The collection notably includes a typescript extract from the antisemitic encyclopedia, Sigilla Veri (Bodung Verlag, Erfurt, 1929), in which a South African describes the extent to which Jews have infiltrated every layer of society; leaflet reprinted from the Rand Daily Mail in which the Witwatersrand Church Council denounces antisemitism; letter documenting the activities of South African nationalists including the founding of a new newspaper, De Transvaler, their annual congress, and their connections with the ex-patriate German community; report concerning a law suit against a leading South African antisemite, Salomon Gerhardus Maritz (General Manie Maritz).

The collection also includes a memorandum entitled 'South Africa: Synopsis of memorandum on the in-roads of Nazism'; leaflet advertisng The Forum, South Africa's first national weekly review; copy of an extract from typescript letter reporting on the trial of von Moltke and his antisemitic activities and an extract from Sigilla Veri.


Language/scripts of material: German, English and Afrikaans.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

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Finding aids:

A detailed description exists on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office


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Archivist's note: Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2008

Antisemitism | Racial discrimination
Legal procedure | Administration of justice
Nationalism | Political doctrines
Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
News agencies | Publishing industry
Newspapers | Periodicals | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences

Personal names

Corporate names

South Africa | Southern Africa