JACOB ASHER SINGER WAS BORN in 1935 in a small town west of Johannesburg, in South Africa. After attending school at the Potchefstroom High School for Boys, he studied Pharmacy at the Chelsea Polytechnic in London, England.
In 1960, he married Evelyn Jackson, and practiced successfully as a pharmacist for the next 25 years, retiring in 1985 and emigrating to Canada in December 1992.
His first book, BRAKENSTROOM, is a book of short stories about Potchefstroom, the town he grew up in as a boy, and where he and his family lived for many years. It is available from Amazon as an eBook and a soft cover.
His second book, THE VASE WITH THE MANY COLOURED MARBLES is a story about a young girl he met when he was 15 years old. Years later he met her mother, and one day, in a fit of confidence, she told him her story, but made him promise that he would only publish it after she had passed away, and then only with her daughter's permission. The book is now available from Amazon as an eBook and a soft cover.
The story is based on true life experiences and people he knew in Potchefstroom. “There are so many stories to tell about South Africa” he says. “South Africa is a beautiful country, with a fascinating although controversial history. Unfortunately with the increase in criminal activity and tardiness in controlling violence it is rapidly falling into the ‘Africa trap.’
Jacob was never politically active, but he personally met and knew many of the active players on both sides of the political fence. When threatened by the security police for not giving them certain confidential information, he encouraged his children to emigrate, and joined them in Canada once they had established themselves.
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The VASE with the MANY COLOURED MARBLES
by Jacob Singer
Published: November 20, 2011
The name of Nelson Mandela is familiar to many, as a warrior against the injustices of apartheid in South Africa. But there were many South Africans who worked just as hard to break the power of the Verwoerd Government who were not members of the Black African community, but were Whites, Coloureds and Indians, both English and Afrikaans speaking. This book a story about a few of those people.
by Jacob Singer
When Jewish families left their shtetls in Europe, most went to America, but a large number were also lured to South Africa by gold and diamonds.
Brakenstroom is a collection of short stories about one of these families who settled in the fictional town of Barkenstroom. These are stories that the author heard from his parents and their friends. All are based on truth.
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