Soap to Senate: A German Jew at the dawn of apartheid
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**A new insight into the genesis of apartheid** Franz Ginsberg left Germany in 1880. He settled in South Africa as an 18-year-old photographer, escaping the restrictions on Jews, only to adopt a homeland with escalating restrictions on ‘black’ and other non-European people. Franz flourished as a manufacturer of a large variety of domestic products, becoming well-known as an industrial pioneer. Soon, his concern for people’s welfare plunged him to politics. From 1927 onwards, as one of the 32 elected Senators of the Union of South Africa, he attempted to mitigate the racist policies that many of his fellow legislators promoted. During his progression from Town Councillor to Senator, Franz questioned the law-making processes that were to lead eventually, after his death in 1936, to the establishment of apartheid. Franz Ginsberg, the author’s great-grandfather, battled for a better world in a time not yet ready for that change—leaving a unique story and... More > legacy on the blueprint of our modern world.< Less
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Aug 29, 2016FROM 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 (Standard Copyright License)
- 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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