Peter Sternberg


Peter Sternberg appreciation

Peter Sternberg

I have never met Peter Sternberg. His books have been posthumously published under the watchful eye of his wife Hermoine.
Peter’s two books, one a memoir – From the Reich to Rhodesia – and the other a history of Gatooma library provide insights into what was then Rhodesia, today Zimbabwe. Gatooma, or now Kadoma, has a library which is over 100 years old. Peter charts its history, the final edits undertaken by Sheilagh Barton as Peter was unable to do so. Alongside this is Peter’s memoir of his childhood, spending his early years in Germany and then emigrating to Rhodesia as a four-year-old as the family escaped Hitler’s clutches. What I found most fascinating were the hurdles placed in the way of those seeking to leave Germany, yet more so, the hurdles they had to overcome to get into another country. How so many managed it is incredible when these financial requirements are considered. Aside from this, Peter shares how he settled into life in Rhodesia as a young lad and it’s this grounding that develops into a love of the town and desire to capture the history of the library.
Peter’s books are not the only books TSL has published concerning Rhodesia – the British South Africa Police Association UK Branch have their backcatalogue republished as well as more recent books. In some of these Gatooma features to varying degrees. Knowing Peter’s experience of the town and seeing it through his eyes adds another dimension to the policing tales.


Peter Sternberg

About Peter Sternberg

Peter Sternberg was born in Germany during the time of Hitler, however, the family was lucky enough to emigrate to Zimbabwe when Peter was four. He lived most of his life in Gatooma (Kadoma) before moving with his wife to Harare and then Cape Town, South Africa. Peter died in London in January 2017 before his books were published. He was an active member of Jewish communities as recorded by the South African Jewish Report.

Books by Peter


In Memorium

The following authors live on through their writing.

Patrick Dunn: ?? – 15 November 2021

Lesley Samson: 28 January 1939 – 8 February 2021

Keith Howard: ?? – August 2020

Bhupendra Brahmabhatt: 26 September 1952 – 3 December 2019


Peter Sternberg: 1930 – January 2019


David Ferris: ?? – 6 December 2016

The gallery was not found!

As do the following inspirations:
Flora (2020)
Big Ben (Oct 2021)