By Denis Goldberg, Z. Pallo Jordan
From June 1963 to October 1964, ten antiapartheid activists have been attempted at South Africa's Pretoria ideally suited court docket. status one of the accused with Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, and Walter Sisulu was once Denis Goldberg. Charged below the Sabotage and Suppression of Communism Acts for "campaigning to overthrow the govt. through violent revolution," Goldberg used to be chanced on accountable and sentenced to existence imprisonment. the single white guy convicted through the notorious Rivonia trial, he performed a old function within the fight for justice in South Africa.
In this awesome autobiography, Goldberg discusses transforming into up conscious about the injustice permeating his native land. He joined the South African Communist social gathering and helped came across the Congress of Democrats. It was once his function as an officer within the armed underground wing of the African nationwide Congress (ANC), notwithstanding, that resulted in his lifestyles sentence―the final result of which used to be a astonishing twenty-two years in the back of bars. whereas he was once incarcerated, the racist dogma of apartheid imposed entire separation from his black comrades and co-workers, a segregation that denied him either the companionship and the assistance of his fellow accused.
Recounted with humor and humility, Goldberg's tale not just offers a sweeping evaluate of existence in South Africa either in the course of and after apartheid, but in addition illuminates the studies of the activists and oppressors whose fates have been sure jointly.
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A Life for Freedom: The Mission to End Racial Injustice in South Africa by Denis Goldberg, Z. Pallo Jordan