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  • By Adam YAMEY
    Aug 29, 2016
    FROM A 5 star REVIEW posted on AMAZON: The biography of Senator Franz Ginsberg provides a wonderful insight into the tensions and sequence of events of a bygone age that shaped modern South Africa, and specifically into the significant role played by this public spirited and liberal minded Jewish entrepreneur who came out from Germany as a young man filled with hope and aspirations to make South Africa a better place for himself and all its peoples. This important work further enhances our understanding of the global events and the prevailing anti- semitism in Europe that influenced the difficult decisions faced by many Jews at the time, such as that of Dr Nathan Ginsberg to send his son of eighteen to King William’s Town in South Africa in 1880. It gives substance to the life, and context to the role played by Senator Ginsberg as a humble, principled, pragmatic and humanistic leader, who gained the respect of the people as a German and a Jew, and loyal British subject. A Victorian... More > South African with a deep love for his adopted homeland and all its peoples. This well-researched book reveals how this young man quickly established himself as an industrialist and politician, successfully dabbling in many enterprises ranging from match-making,photography and diamond mining, from candle making to farming, and from the manufacture of soap to the first elected Jewish Senator of the Union of South Africa. Yamey weaves a compelling narrative of Ginsberg’s remarkable political journey to the Senate, first starting a lifetime of public service in the Council of the Borough of King William’s Town, rising from councillor to mayor, and later to Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Cape Province prior to his election to the Senate of the South African Parliament upon unification. Through meticulous research into old press articles and public records he shows how Ginsberg came to grips with the structures and mechanisms of government, and developed a deep understanding of the needs of Colonial industry and the aspirations its citizens of various cultures and persuasions. Always wanting to do good and always looking to improving the lives of all peoples including those less fortunate... It is a well written and researched book ...< Less
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Adam R Yamey
April 11, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.6 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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