Veronica Penkin Belling

Veronica Belling was the Jewish Studies Librarian at the University of Cape Town Libraries for 31 years (1981-2012). She is currently an Honorary Research Associate attached to the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Masters in Jewish Civilization and a Doctorate in Historical Studies and is the author and translator from Yiddish to English of several scholarly books and articles.

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