At this time [Translator’s Note: the Great Depression] when most countries are experiencing an economic crisis, South Africa finds itself on an upswing. Next to the United States, Russia, and France, is South Africa the most mineral-rich country in the world, and now iron, steel, and textiles manufacturing are in a state of development. Industrialization is making enormous strides.
The district of Witwaterrandes, from Krügersdorp through Johannesburg to Springs, can be compared to the Ruhr district [of Germany]. There is a growing development of gold, wool, corn, sugar, skins, furs, and fruit and wine.
Ezra James Nollet is a retired U.S. government chemist living in Poland where he is officer of the local synagogue in Legnica. Before the Deluge appears the last week of each month.