YEHUDA LIEB FRANK 1930s - 1990s ARCHIVE OF THREE  ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES REVEALING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THIS HERO OF SOUTH AFRICAN JEWRY AND ZIONISM
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA SA TEL AVIV ISRAEL 1931 Good
On offer is a fascinating, significant, original archive of three  manuscript books; being two  diaries covering 1930s through 1990s and one  book of personal thoughts, writings and copies of his favourite essays, poems and observations handwritten by Yehuda Lieb Frank a fascinating individual originally from South Africa, then Israel and back to South Africa and Israel again [biographical notes follow the listing]. Lieb Frank does not write a traditional diary but moreso a log book of happenings to remember and a ledger of events. Some months he will write 5 or 6 entries as simple as a grandchild's visit or their first step. A doctor's appointment, the results of blood tests or in the 1930s how well he danced ballet or if he bought new dance shoes. Some days he writes 3, 4 or 5 lines noting a small number of the day's details but overall it is, between the 2 diary books and the anthology book a remarkably clear picture of this man who would bloom as an activist, Zionist and heroic leader of South African Jews. Book 1: 1931 - 1953 Headings include: books read; theatres, cinemas, concerts; visitors, visits, meetings; miscellaneous and then diary entries. Book 2: 1954 - April 21st 1998. Book 3: My Random Anthology "There is a melody and an indescribable exquisiteness about beautiful ideas expressed in beautiful words. Beautiful language like sweet music is the language of the angels - a delight for the heart and head…" Headings include: War, Hate, Woman and Love, the East, My People - Ami, and more. The books are approximately 15cm x 10cm, with about 120+ pages, the first two books in Good shape with some age spotting and general ageing but the shape of the third book is worse as the text block loose, some loose pages but all present. BIO NOTES: Jerusalem Post: May 22, 2012 Tuesday 1 Sivan 5772 12:50 IST SOUTH AFRICAN and Zimbabwean (Rhodesian) expatriates who missed out on paying their last respects to Leib Frank, who passed away a month ago at 91, will have the opportunity to do so at the consecration of his tombstone on Friday at the Kfar Shmaryahu cemetery. Frank served from 1962-1979 as the director of the South African Zionist Federation, now known as Telfed. One of his four children, the late David Frank, was for several years a member of the editorial staff of The Jerusalem Post. While still in South Africa, Leib Frank was one of the founding members of Hashomer Hadati, which was the forerunner of Bnei Akiva. In 1940, together with many other Jewish youths, he volunteered for the South African army to fight the Nazis. He was severely wounded and lost a leg. After returning to Johannesburg, he married Rachel (Luffy) Josephson. In 1949, Frank was appointed director of the Rhodesian Zionist Federation, in which capacity he hosted Moshe Dayan and Moshe Sharett. In 1961, he finally realized a long-cherished dream and settled here. A year later, he became the director of what was to become Telfed and was instrumental in making the absorption process of many immigrants from South Africa and Rhodesia much easier. His interest in South African immigrants remained steadfast even after his retirement, and he found ways of helping them through the various boards on which he served. Frank's two surviving children are Lironne Bar-Sadeh, a diplomat currently serving in Italy, and Gillam Keinan, director of Foreign Investments at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. One online source provides: Obit: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Leib Frank at the age of 91. Leib served for many years (1962-1979) as the Director of the South African Zionist Federation (now known as TelFed). Born in Bloemfontein and raised in Johannesburg he became a dedicated Zionist in his teens. He was among the founding members of the Hashomer Hadati (the forerunner of Bnei Akiva) in South Africa. The funeral will take place at the Kfar Shmaryahu Cemetery on Sunday 10th January at 15.00. Shiva will be held at Beth Protea today, Sunday and Monday. Tuesday and thereafter at Gillam's house at 42/9 Hermon St. Mivaserret Tzion - Keinan Family. In 1940 he volunteered for the South African army, together with many other Jewish youth, "in order to go and fight the Nazis", as he put it. Leib fought with the 1st. Rand Light Infantry regiment in North Africa. He was severely wounded in action and consequently lost his right leg. He never complained about his disability and it certainly didn't affect his future dreams. Indeed only his closest family was aware of it. He walked with his prosthesis -his artificial leg undetected by most. On his return to Johannesburg he met Rachel (Luffy) Josephson. They married and had four children. In 1949 Leib was appointed Director of the Rhodesian Zionist Federation. In 1961 he realized his boyhood dream and made Aliyah. In 1962 he replaced Sam Levin as Director of TelFed in Tel-Aviv. After his retirement he continued to serve the South African community in Israel sitting on numerous boards. Thousands of South Africans who made Aliyah in the 1960's and 70's benefited from his professionalism and caring manner.