Collection 102 - Denis Goldberg Collection

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Denis Goldberg Collection


  • 1980 - 1989 (Accumulation)

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Extent of whole collection unknown. Rivonia Trial records number 8 of 55 sound cassettes/CDs ; Sound recordings

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(11 April 1933 - 29 April 2020)

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Anti-apartheid and political activist. Member of the SACP. Co-founder and leader of the Congress of Democrats (COD). Technical officer in MK. Arrested at Rivonia in 1963 and subsequently served a life sentence in Pretoria Local Prison. On his release in 1985 he went into exile in the UK and represented the ANC at the Anti-Apartheid Committee of the United Nations. Founded Community HEART in 1995 to help poor black South Africans. Returned to South Africa in 2002 and was appointed special adviser to minister of water affairs and forestry Ronnie Kasrils.

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Part of Documentation Centre for African Studies at UNISA Library. Denis Goldberg donated sound cassettes and videos about his life during the Struggle, as well as on his work after he was released. The only part of the collection directly related to the Rivonia Trial are the sound cassettes which have been put on CD (CD numbers correspond with cassette numbers). CDs re Rivonia Trial:
2A, 2B, 3A, 3B (1985): Interview of Denis Goldberg by John Pampallis including discussion of start of armed struggle, Liliesleaf, Rivonia Trial, imprisonment and release.
7A, 7B (1985/6): Discussion with R and C Boon re struggle time, Rivonia Trial, armed struggle.
26A, 26B (1993): Reconstruction of Rivonia for Radiowerf Amsterdam (?). New owners of Liliesleaf talk. Dutch narrative with English in background.

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Inventory for whole collection available This inventory only details records related to Rivonia Trial (sound cassettes) - C:\DataFlow\DocumentLinks\Worddocs\RT0102.doc

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