Download e-book for kindle: Bram Fischer: Afrikaner revolutionary by Stephen Clingman

By Stephen Clingman

ISBN-10: 155849135X

ISBN-13: 9781558491359

Bram Fischer's lifestyles has the entire drama and intimacy of a narrative worthy telling. Born right into a sought after Afrikaner nationalist kin, Fischer turned a Rhodes student and exotic attorney, and in 1964 led a security of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and others within the Rivonia trial. Fischer was once sentenced to lifestyles imprisonment for his personal political actions opposed to apartheid. sooner than his sentencing he spent 9 months underground, in hide. For a time, he was once South Africa's so much sought after guy, his reason recognized and celebrated around the globe. His tale is a type of infrequent lives that weave jointly the non-public and political and revise our experience of either in a global revolving furiously round problems with identification. This booklet was once the winner of the distinguished Sunday occasions Alan Paton Award for non-fiction writing.

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Women and children were taken into the world's first concentration camps where, because of disease and malnutrition, the rate of death approached some 344 per thousand. It was an Englishwoman, Emily Hobhouse, who gained the everlasting affection of the Boers by publicising the scandal, though she paid little attention to the African families also put into camps, where, by the end of the war, some 372 per thousand were dying. Already in March 1900 the British were on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, and on the 13th they marched in.

Once there was a man who came from another country, who lived in the African desert. The year was 1882 or 1883, and the man's name was Bernsmann. He was a Rhenish missionary, and he lived in German South West Africa (present-day Namibia), in a small outpost called Otjimbingue. Some time during that yearwhether it was 1882 or 1883he wrote back to his headquarters in Berlin, and asked them to send him a wife. Just a few years earlier, in 1880, his first wife, named Emilie, had died.

It was a powerful matrix, as time went on, for the generation of a renewed Afrikaner nationalism. If a life can begin before it starts, a war continues long after it ends, and certainly the Boer War lived on in the imagination. Those left in the country-side, as well as those uprooted to the towns, nurtured memories of heroism and betrayal. Educated Boer opinion saw the links between imperialism, economic greed and exploitation. For all, the deaths of the women and children in the concentration camps scarred the future with unhealing themes of sweet grievance and bitter nostalgia.

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