Que Que, Southern Rhodesia
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the study of Jewish family history in the city of Kwekwe,
Zimbabwe formerly known as Que Que, Southern Rhodesia
Map of Rhodesia with Que Que roughly in the middle of the
.In 1949/1950 Que Que had a Jewish population of about 70
persons, about 21 families. I use the word, about, as some came
and some went in the 50s. Also, some passed away.
There is a link to the Jewish residents of Que Que further down
The best known families were the Slomans (Solly and Mottel )
who owned Sloman's Stores , the largest departmental store (and
the only one, except for Que Que Stores which closed down in about
1953) in town. It sold just about everything, if you could find
it; the store was in such a mess! Solly was a true philantropist,
and he looked after all the down and outs of town, mainly gold
smallworkers.His son-in-law, Mr Schmerel also worked in the store.
Then there was Mr Rick, who owned a furniture shop and also sold
bicycles; he passed away. Working for him as bookkeeper was old
Mrs Bertha Haimowitz, whose husband died in about 1951.
The only bakery in town was owned by the Phillipsons (their son is
who lives on Vancouver
Dr. Morris Hirsch was the city doctor and he was elected Mayor and
later a member of Parliament
Isaac Goldberg was the chief geologist on the Globe and Phoenix
The concession store on the Gaika mine was owned by Barney Kahn.
Mrs Kahn ran the butchery, Barney imported Rhodesia's first
Cadilac but he couldn't drive it at first. He got a licence for
himself and Dora without being tested!! She only knew how to go
forward, but couldn't back-up! Such was the life!
The community had a tiny synagogue on Burma road, across the main
railway line. They managed to hold services on most yomtavim, led
by one of the locals.
Kosher meat used to come from Bulawayo, with the train
coming in at midnight. In the summer, the meat really stank!
- Location: 18°55' S 29°49' E in the Midlands of
- Other Name: Que Que
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by Ed Goldberg
Last updated February 2012
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