INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE AGAINST APARTHEID, secrets of the people's war that liberated South Africa

: Kasrils (R.) with Andersson (M.) & Marleyn (O.) eds.

R 320.00
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360pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2021


Contributors include Klaas de Jonge, Conny Braam, Michael Lapsley, Peter Hain, Vladimir Shubin and Barney Pityana.

"In this compelling and moving book Ronnie Kasrils has reanimated two networks of the brave volunteers who helped constitute the 'international brigade' that fought against Apartheid between 1960 and 1990, a brigade that attracted it's followers from across four continents ... Ronnie Kasrils was one of the planners engaged in coordinating these solidarity undertakings ... From this collection we learn about the beliefs, traditions and genealogies that helped to constitute this fraternal band and we gain fresh insights into a history that has remained partly hidden." Tom Lodge, Professor at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and author of Red Road to Freedom, a history of the South African Communist Party, 1921-2021

"International Brigade Against Apartheid is a collection of profoundly moving accounts and entertaining anecdotes from those many thousands of activists from other countries who participated in the South African liberation struggle. From the Basque Country to Palestine, from the giants of the USSR and the USA, from tiny Lesotho to beleaguered Swaziland and Mozambique, the stories that Ronnie Kasrils has put together remind us of the debt of gratitude we owe to the 'good people' of the world. Canadian trade unionist Domenic Bellisimo, writes that 'those who were in the trenches against apartheid are written out of history'. This collection is one contribution to ensuring that they are re-inserted in their proper place." Janet Cherry, anti-apartheid activist and Professor at Nelson Mandela University

Ronnie Kasrils is author of the memoirs Armed & Dangerous, A Simple Man, Catching Tadpoles and The Unlikely Secret Agent (Alan Paton Award). A commander in Umkhonto we Sizwe from 1961 until 1990, he served in government from 1994 until his resignation in 2008. He lives in Johannesburg.