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“Litvak life in SA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of South African Jewish Museum

South African Jewish Museum
88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
27 021 465 1546
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Litvak life in SA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Very interesting for anyone who has an interest in the history of the Jews in South Africa. The main section of the museum documents the life of the Litvaks before the left Lithuania, and after they arrived in South Africa.
A special exhibition is on at the moment on life in in District Six, which was flattened during the apartheid experiment.
An excellent kosher cafe is attached, and good book shop selling Judaica and other items relating to the exhibitions.

Visited January 2013
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“Lovely, informative, interesting complex--much to offer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The South Africa Jewish Museum is part of a complex including the lovely 1863 synagogue which is the entrance to the musem (the first synagogue built in South Africa), as well a the Gardens Shul, the magnificent 1905 synagogue right next door which is still in use. The free Cape Town Holocaust Center is part of the complex and should not be missed. There is also a cafe and gift shop. Entrance fee is a reasonable 40 Rand (about $4.50). The museum is in the Company's Garden area.of Cape Town.

This modern, informative museum was opened in 2000 by Nelson Mandela and tells the story of Jews in South Africa. There was terrific exhibits, videos, interactive media and pictures. The is a full scale model of an old Eastern European shtetl which you can tour and presently, an exhibit on District 6, an area that housed Jews, as well as blacks, Asians, etc. in the early part of the century and was torn down during the apartheid era--very moving. Do not miss this wonderful complex (note--we needed picture identification before entering the complex). Be aware that the museum is only open until 2 PM on Friday and is closed on Saturday. It is open the other days of the week.

Visited January 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Heart wrenching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I visited the holocaust museum and found it to be not only informative but also very emotional. As I left I could not hold back the tears. I'm not Jewish so knew very little about what happened. To watch interviews with survivors was heart wrenching. I would suggest locals pay this centre a visit.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Since I visited Yad Vashem in Israel, I´m not in awe, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Since I visited Yad Vashem in Israel, I´m not in awe, but it is a small and nice museum, with very good taste. I recommend.

Visited January 2013
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Destin, Florida
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“Very Informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

A surprisingly good holocaust and Jewish history muesem. Exhibits highlighting the experiences of survivors who moved to South Africa were very good. The museum cafe is excellent.

Visited November 2012
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