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Brandfort is a small town in the Free State province of South Africa. Jacobus van Zijl, a Voortrekker elder, established a church on his farm Keerom in 1866. The community was visited by Orange Free State president Brand and, shortly afterwards, the town was named in his honour. The British built a concentration camp here during the Boer War to house Boer women and children. For many years during Apartheid, Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, was exiled there. Also Cardiff City F.C.midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi was born in Brandfort. Brandfort was also home to former prime-minister H.F. Verwoerd, who matriculated there.Source: Wikipedia.

Brandfort Jewish community booklet launch [Aug 2015]

SA-SIG - Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy:



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Welcome to the International Jewish Cemetery Project.
Our mission is to document every Jewish burial site in the world.
We have successfully collected information about thousands of Jewish cemetery sites all over the world along with information on the location of the cemetery, and how to obtain more information. Each Jewish cemetery or burial site listed in the project by town or city, country, and geographic region is based on current locality designation. Some listings include links to other websites with additional information such as burial lists or a name to contact by email or snail-mail. Please use the seach engine on our home page to check the site for information.


There are many more Jewish burial sites to be identified. IAJGS seeks the help of visitors to our website and genealogists around the world in this quest for information. If you have information to share about a burial site not included on our website, please contact project coordinator or complete the Burial Site Survey found in the "Instructions and Information" section.


For information about individual burials, please visit the Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) at


Please note that IAJGS is unable to assist with providing images or information on specific individuals in a particular cemetery. For this information, IAJGS encourages participation in the list serves on, where you can post questions, or by contacting the specific cemetery or local genealogical society. A list of IAJGS member societies can be found at

IAJGS thanks the following for their support of the International Jewish Cemetery Project:

Ellen Sadove Renck                        Kitty Munson Cooper                        Peter Strauss

Project Coordinator                         HTML Coordinator (Webmaster)        Germany Project Leader/Technical Asst.

David M.R. Shulman - Geographic Advisor and Editor

Many volunteers have helped in the past, but special mention for help in converting to the new site goes to

Evamaria Brockhoff, Jason Hallgarten, Joachim Mugdan, Fritz Neubauer, Eva Radding, and Jeri Steele.

Special acknowledgement is made of H. Peter Sinclair, z"l for his extraordinary help with Germany.

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