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Dr Siegfried Fraenkel, SV/PROG

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Germany
Death: Died in Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Johanna Catharina Henkes, b2 SM
Partner of Nancy Francisca Fraenkel, SM
Father of Abraham Fraenkel, b1; Fridina Mary Sophie Fraenkel, b7; Thomas Siegfried Fraenkel, b8; Wlihelmina Mary Catharina Fraenkel, b9; Diederich Heinrich Fraenkel, b2 and 4 others

Occupation: Surgeon
Managed by: Peter Dennis..Gone fishing!
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About Dr Siegfried Fraenkel, SV/PROG

Probate record https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQF-65TY?mode=g&i=1950&cat=331262

Clara Friedman-Spits, The Frankel Saga, South African Medical Association, Pinelands, South Africa, 1998.

The life and accomplishments of Sigfried Fraenkel (1778-1846) - physician, share-holder in the South African College, founding father of the first Hebrew Congregation in southern Africa (1841). Also information on the Fraenkel children and one grandson. Sigfried Fraenkel married Johanna Catharina Henckes (1782-1830). They were the parents of 5 children: Magdalena Elisabeth Diderica, George Christiaan, Johanna Rosina, Siegfried George Frederick, and Diederich Heinrich. Related surnames mentioned: Henckes, Bam, Laing, Ruloffs, Glaeser, Kotting, Merkus, Van Gelder, Dijkstra, Maclear, Moll, MacCallum, Garcia, van Tongerloo, Harry, Smith.

In Cape Town Dr Siegfried Frankel, whose ship was stranded in Cape Town in 1808, married a local Dutch

woman, and his children were baptized in the Dutch Reform Church.

THE FRAENKEL SAGA, deur Clara Friedman-Spits. SA Mediese Vereniging, Kaapstad, 1998. (Hardeband, ISBN 0 620 21236 5, R160,00*).

'n SILWER beker met die inskripsie, S. Fraenkel ten gedachtenis van JC Stiglingh van Veerden 1809, het Clara Friedman-Spits ge�nspireer om sewe jaar lank navorsing te doen oor Sigfried Fraenkel (1778 1846), die eerste Joodse dokter aan die Kaap.

Friedman-Spits, wat twintig jaar (1967 1987) kuratrise van die Joodse Museum in Kaapstad was, het gedurende 1975 die eerste keer met hierdie beker in kontak gekom toe 'n antikwaar dit aan die museum wou verkoop. Omdat onsekerheid geheers het oor die herkoms van die stuk, het Friedman-Spits die outentisiteit daarvan probeer bepaal deur almal na te gaan wat dit vanaf 1809 besit het totdat dit die eiendom van die Joodse Museum geword het.

The Fraenkel Saga bestaan uit twee dele, naamlik die lewensgeskiedenis van Sigfried Fraenkel, en 'n uiteensetting van die Fraenkel kinders. Gedetailleerde informasie lei die leser van Kopenhagen na die Kaap, waar Fraenkel gedurende die jare 1808 tot 1846 as mediese dokter gepraktiseer het. Hy was blykbaar die eerste Europese setlaar wat die Joodse geloof op Kaapse bodem beoefen het, en was een van die stigters van die eerste Joodse gemeente in 1841.

Die teks is 'n uitgebreide weergawe van genealogiese navorsing afkomstig van testamente en geboorte- en doodsregisters. Interessante informasie word verskaf oor die lewe aan die Kaap gedurende die vroeë negentiende eeu en daar word aangetoon hoe 'n touch of the blue veroorsaak het dat 'n individu soos Nancy Francisca Smith, Fraenkel se tweede vrou, 'n slagoffer geword het van haar tyd.

Vroue het daardie jare kinders grootgemaak en was musikaal. Maar daar is darem Josephine met haar mak kraai. Sy was nie net 'n goeie pianis nie, maar kon ook 'n barshou perdry, en het kans gesien om 'n Boesmandogtertjie, Scrap, onder haar vlerk te neem. Dit was haar eggenoot, dr. Heinrich Siegfried Fraenkel, wat 'n jong C. Louis Leipoldt bekendgestel het aan die misterie van die menslike anatomie.

The Fraenkel Saga vul 'n belangrike gaping in die negentiende-eeuse Joodse en mediese geskiedenis aan die Kaap. Dit is die eerste historiese en genealogiese verslag van die Fraenkel familie, en Friedman-Spits se navorsing behoort erkenning te kry by Africana vakkundiges en plaaslike historici. Daar is heelwat ruimte vir verdere studie, soos die outeur ook laat blyk in haar werk. Niemand weet byvoorbeeld tot vandag toe waar Sigfried Fraenkel begrawe is nie. Mens kan maar net hoop dat iemand met Friedman-Spits se toewyding weer die leisels sal opneem.


Dr. Siegfried Fraenkel was the first Jewish doctor and the first person to openly practice Judaism in Cape Town in 1810. Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture, Volume 1 By Mark Avrum Ehrlich

The Jews in South Africa: An Illustrated History, by Richard Mendelsohn and Milton Shain:

The book is divided into four chapters. The first is Pioneers—beginnings and into the hinterland. This commences with the first four Jews in the 1652 Dutch settlement at the Cape, who were forced to convert, as only Protestants were permitted to settle. The first professing Jew was a surgeon, Siegfried Fraenkel, who came in 1807. The next period is described as “…depicting the fragility of the early foundations and the shifting fortunes of this infant community, the book traces its development to robust maturity amidst turbulent social and political currents.” The founding of the first organized community in Cape Town in 1841 is noted; some of the participants also were active supporters of the local churches.

http://mapmyway.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/19-Jewish-Map-LowRes1.pdf

Dr Siegfried Frankel - was the first practicing Jew who arrived in 1800. A Danish ship's doctor, he was arrested on arrival with the rest of the crew as Britain was at war with Denmark at the time, and when released in a prisoner exchange, he got permission to remain in Cape Town. Dr Frankel later helped to establish the South African College where his sons were among the first students.


MyHeritage match has the following information -

  • Birth: Oct 14 1780
  • Alt Strelitz, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany
  • Death: Apr 13 1846
  • Parents: Sechel Isaac Or Fraenckel, Mrs- Sechel Isaac Or Fraenckel

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Dr Siegfried Fraenkel, SV/PROG's Timeline

1779
1779
Germany
1807
1807
Age 28
1811
February 11, 1811
Age 32
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
1812
May 23, 1812
Age 33
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
1814
March 19, 1814
Age 35
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1815
August 17, 1815
Age 36
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
1817
July 4, 1817
Age 38
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1833
June 24, 1833
Age 54
1835
July 11, 1835
Age 56
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
1846
February 2, 1846
Age 67