Sol Liebgott was a popular and influential figure in the South African Jewish community. Successful businessman, Zionist leader and devoted family man, he was the ultimate raconteur. Nobody could tell a story like him. His wry sense of humor infused every tale. He knew many people, witnessed many historic events and lived a long and productive life. This rich background is woven into the stories that make up this book.
Sol was born in Dagda, Latvia in 1915 and immigrated to South Africa with his parents in 1922. At every stage of his life he was active in community work and served as Chairman of the South African Zionist Federation from 1969 to 1972.
Most of these anecdotes relate to Sol's own experiences; others are stories he heard and adopted into his repertoire. They are timeless, warm and often extremely funny.
Sol moved to Israel in 1972 and there too he was active in public and charitable causes. He died in 2011 at the age of 96 after a long and meaningful life.
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Article written by Bernard Lerer