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From Things Lost

Currently on display at the South African Jewish Museum is Letters of Loss and Refuge, telling the moving story of a German-Jewish refugee who arrived in Cape Town in 1936. Rudolf Schwab fled Germany at the insistence of a close friend who later joined the Nazi Party, and years after his departure, resumed a relationship in letters with the Nazi who in many ways saved his life.
The exhibition is curated by Professor Shirli Gilbert from the University of Southampton, based on her recent book From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust 
Schwab’s extraordinary trove of letters, discovered in a Johannesburg garage, is one of the largest collections relating to the Holocaust, and is especially valuable as Rudolf preserved both sides of the correspondence. The exhibition tells a story of displacement, survival, and unlikely friendship in the wake of the Holocaust, from a uniquely South African perspective.
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