Oral Histories: Jewish life in Southern Africa

Vivian Rakoff

FROM: Cape Town, South Africa

Vivian was born in 1928 in Cape Town, but was quickly whisked off to Port Nolloth, a small town on the northwest coast of South Africa, where he spent his earliest years. And while Port Nolloth was home to less than a dozen Jewish families, his mother would still braid challah every Friday night.

"We were Jewish and observant, but we were not Orthodox."