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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Milton Shain The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa

Milton Shain The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa

(Reconsiderations in Southern African History series, ed. Jeffrey Butler and Richard Elphick)

(Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press; Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1994); pp. 203

Milton Shain The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Sander L. Gilman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores Milton Shain's The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa, a second volume in his ongoing examination of the history of the Jews in South Africa (and its constituent parts). His earlier book, Jewry and Cape Society: The Origins and Activities of the Jewish Board of Deputies for the Cape Colony, provided a detailed and exquisite look at the inner workings of the Board of Jewish Deputies in the Cape. This ‘internal’ history of Cape Jewry revealed many of the tensions and problems that impacted on the migration and acculturation of Jews in southern Africa during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His new volume is more expansive, and examines the detailed history of the idea of the Jew, and the Jewish response to this construction, in the Afrikaans- and English-speaking areas of South Africa. Shain's chronological spread reaches from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, with a short conclusion bringing the volume up to the present. His theme is the ‘origin’ of antisemitism in South African culture, a culture self-consciously a ‘frontier society’ in which Jews formed a minority that came to be identified with anglophone ideals and norms.

Keywords:   Milton Shain, Jews, South Africa, Second World War, antisemitism, South African culture

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