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Title:Bid to settle Jewish refugees from Nazi-Germany in Botswana, 1938-1939
Author:Makgala, Christian JohnISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Volume:38
Pages:20-32
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:Jews
refugees
colonial policy
1930-1939
History, Archaeology
Botswana--History
Jewish refugees
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41235984
Abstract:In an attempt to help Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s the colonial government in Botswana (Bechuanaland Protectorate) agreed to the settlement of Jewish refugees in some European areas (Tati District and Tuli Block) in order to improve agricultural production.The economic decline in Botswana, owing to an embargo by South Africa on cattle from Botswana, influenced the colonial authorities to welcome the idea of settling Jewish refugees. The outbreak of World War II and later the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel seem to have led to the abandonment of the plan to resettle Jews in Botswana. This paper starts with an overview of the relations between Botswana and South Africa from 1910 to 1941. The plight of the Jews in Nazi Germany and the response of the British government and the British Jewish community is then discussed, as well as anti-semitism in South Africa and the South African government's policy on Jewish immigrants. This is followed by an account of the attempt to settle Jewish refugees in Botswana. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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