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  Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre > Past Events >THE FORGOTTEN LETTERS

in association with
Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre 

invite you to a unique event
Wednesday 16 November at 7.30pm


Presented by Daniel Schwab and Ricci Lyons

A collection of 2,500 newly-discovered letters between an exiled German Jew and his family in Nazi Germany was found by Daniel Schwab in his parents’ garage in Johannesburg and is now the subject of a research project by Dr Shirli Gilbert of the University of Southampton. Daniel’s grandfather, Ralph Schwab, sought refuge in South Africa after the Nazis came to power in 1933 and his correspondence with relatives and friends, some back in Germany, stretches from the 1930s through to the 1960s. Ralph escaped from the town of Hanau near Frankfurt after being encouraged to leave by his friend , Nazi party member Karl Kipfer, who feared he would be arrested. The pair continued to write to each other for many years and the collection contains dozens of letters which they exchanged.

Ralph’s parents Max and Martha as well as his brother Hans remained in Hanau and were later killed in concentration camps, along with many other family members. The letters chart Ralph’s desperate attempts to help his parents and brother escape Nazi Germany.


WHEN : Wednesday 16 November at 7.30pm

DONATION: R70.00 (including refreshments)

VENUE: Clive M Beck Auditorium

               Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre (RCHCC)

               cnr Glenhove Rd & 4th Street Houghton, East of the M1

BOOKING: Hazel or René (011 728 8088/8378) After Hours (011 728 8378)


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