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    Family Biographies

    Henry and Dora Lazarus

    Henry: well known Bulawayo lawyer (Lazarus and Sarif)
    Dora: recognized Zimbabwean painter (work bought by National Gallery)
    Children: Ann Reiff, now in Israel

    Charles Lazarus, still in Bulawayo

    Dora Lazarus

    Father - Barnett Smith; Riga

    Mother - Rose Moss; Cowland

    Leah (Gleman)

    Louis got Beit scholarship studied in Salisbury. Died of flu in

    Lekase in Congo.

    Joe was at Milton

    Etty (Gelman)

    Rebecca (Dr. Wassersweig) changed to Wasser-Smith)

    Morris married Judy sister of Thea geman girls ) born in Congo,

    Pauline                                        ) Elizabethville

    The older children were born in England (Leah, Louis, Dora). Then

    the Smiths went to Krugersdorp and the younger three were born in

    South Africa. (Etty in Durban, Rebecca in Johannesburg and Joe in


    When the parents went to the Congo the girls became boarders at

    Evelyn. Miss Langdon was the Headmistress. Rev. M.I. Cohen was

    outstandingly good to the girls. The Chazan's wife used to teach

    the Jewish boarders at Evelyn and used to give them afternoon tea -

    but when the girls (there were many other Jewish girls boarding at

    the school) heard that the Chazan's wife said that they only came

    for the cakes, they were insulted and no longer went to Hebrew

    lessons .

    Father 'Bongola' Smith took cattle into the Congo - he was the first

    man to do so. Mrs. Sophie Weinberg was Chazan's wife. Chazan was

    known as the Rev, Jock Weinberg - This man had a horse and trap

    and there is an apocraphyl story about him putting a bucket of

    water under the seat of the trap on Shabbes so that he could travell

    (The rule for being able to travel on Shabbes if one is 'on the


    Mrs. Lazarus has a photograph of the Jewish congregation in

    Elizabethville« The photograph was taken at a picnic given by

    Mrs. Lazarus' parents to celebrate the confirmation by the League

    of Nations of the Palestine mandate in August 1922.

    The Smith family were very great friends with Monseigret de Hempton

    C-s pell ing? )._thfi,..chief .Catholic priest in the Congo.

    Henry Lazarus (married to Dora)

    Father named Charles was born in Roumania went to Manchester to
    be with Phillip Lazarus, a stipendiary magistrate there. Top
    mason in the country after Lord Derby. Charles went to Kalk Bay
    where he owned a boarding house. Henry and his sister born there.
    The family went to Kenya, where Henry's mother died when Henry was
    four (sister 2). Charles brought the children to Rhodesia where
    Henry went to school at Milton (E.B. de Beer, Headmaster) where
    he matriculated.

    Henry went to Rhodes started as a geologist-- changed to law.
    Opened practise in 1927 - sat for nine months waiting for a client I
    (wanted to be advocate but could not afford it). Today the firm
    of Lazarus and Sarif is one of Bulawayo's most respected.

    Henry was secretary of the Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation prior to
    and during the second World War and used to get the most pathetic
    letters from German and Austrian Jews begging to be taken into
    this country.

    Was President of Jewish Board of Deputies for two years (check years)


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