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Author Goldberg, Denis, 1933-

Title A life for freedom : the mission to end racial injustice in South Africa / Denis Goldberg ; foreword by Z. Pallo Jordan
Published Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, 2016
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Contents Foreword / by Z. Pallo Jordan -- Preface -- 1. The mission : break down the walls -- 2. Respect for all : childhood in Cape Town, 1933-1949 -- 3. University -- 4. Political activity, 1953-1964 -- 5. Last resort : armed resistance -- 6. Underground in Johannesburg : May-July 1963 -- 7. Arrest at Liliesleaf -- 8. The Rivonia trial -- 9. Emotional desert : prison, 1963-1985 -- 10. Problems of imprisonment -- 11. The escape -- 12. More about prison -- 13. A negotiated release, 1985 -- 14. Out of prison : life number 6; born 28 February 1985 as a free person -- 15. New activist : London -- Lusaka -- Dar es Salaam -- 16. The world is my oyster : life number 7, 1985-1994 -- 17. T-shirts, music, and more solidarity -- 18. Training in Asia : Commonwealth Secretariat Study Program -- 19. Affairs of the heart and community H.E.A.R.T. : life number 8 -- 20. Life number 9, 2002-2014 -- 21. Last thoughts -- for now : 2015 -- Appendix 1. Torture and the future -- Appendix 2. Time line of South African history -- Appendix 3. The Freedom Charter
Summary From June 1963 to October 1964, ten antiapartheid activists were tried at South Africa's Pretoria Supreme Court. Standing among the accused with Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, and Walter Sisulu was Denis Goldberg. Charged under the Sabotage and Suppression of Communism Acts for "campaigning to overthrow the government by violent revolution," Goldberg was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. The only white man convicted during the infamous Rivonia trial, he played a historic role in the struggle for justice in South Africa. In this remarkable autobiography, Goldberg discusses growing up acutely aware of the injustice permeating his homeland. He joined the South African Communist Party and helped found the Congress of Democrats. It was his role as an officer in the armed underground wing of the African National Congress (ANC), however, that led to his life sentence--the outcome of which was a staggering twenty-two years behind bars. While he was incarcerated, the racist dogma of apartheid imposed complete separation from his black comrades and colleagues, a segregation that denied him both the companionship and the counsel of his fellow accused. Recounted with humor and humility, Goldberg's story not only provides a sweeping overview of life in South Africa both during and after apartheid, but also illuminates the experiences of the activists and oppressors whose fates were bound together
Notes Includes index
Subject Goldberg, Denis, 1933-
Race discrimination -- South Africa.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813166853 (electronic bk)
0813166861 (electronic bk)
9780813166858 (electronic bk)
9780813166865 (electronic bk)