Mandela's Jewish comrades
All five of the white defendants at the infamous Rivonia trials were Jewish. 50 years on from the police raids that led to the trials, what motivated both these Jewish anti-apartheid activists, disowned by South Africa's Jewish community?
The predominance of Jews among the older generation of white anti-apartheid activists is unmistakable. As my father once put it, there was a minyan for every political discussion in Pretoria Central Prison after the imposition of martial law in 1960 - though never for the purpose of prayer, as far as I know. Most of the old-timers were comfortable in their Jewishness, but their rituals had a lot more to do with...
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