Thursday, January 1, 2009

Into the New Year on a note of sadness....


Today Helen Suzman died. South Africa has lost a freedom fighter who never lost her sense of humour, humanity, outrage, and verbal swordsmanship. As Simone Blumenthal notes, she fought the "pale males" with gusto; never cowered before the secret, and not-so-secret, police; she fought stupidity and ignorance. She will be missed on the world stage. The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg had interesting information on her contribution to the liberation of South Africa. The Apartheid Museum is one of the finest museums in the world and worth spending time at...allow a good 3-4 hours.

In 2005, The South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town had an incredible retrospective on her life and her role in the anti-Apartheid struggle.

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