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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Helen Suzman
RLIN number: NXCP90-A16
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood and education in South Africa; lectureship at University of Witwatersrand, 1945-1953; elected to parliament, United Party, 1953; resignation from United Party and formation of Progressive Party, 1959; opposition to laws limiting the rights of blacks, coloreds and Indians; the history of apartheid laws; independent homelands; violent resistance to apartheid; South African involvements in other countries; labor and education rights; the United States civil rights movement as related to South Africa; visiting prisoners in South African jails; the state of prisoners and prisoner-government relations; black freedom organizations; black-Israeli tensions; benefits and problems of international sanctions; meditations on the future of South Africa. Impressions of: P.W. Botha; Nelson Mandela; Dr. H.F. Verwoerd; J.C. Smuts.
Extent: Transcript: 219 leaves, Tape: 4 reels
Restrictions: Access: Closed. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1990. Permission required to cite, quote and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1984 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Suzman, Helen (2)
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker occupation: Civil rights activist; Legislator
Document date: 1984
Interviewer: Edwin, Ed
Historical events discussed: Apartheid, South Africa, 1948-1994
Locations discussed: Africa; South Africa
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Africa; Apartheid, South Africa, 1948-1994; Civil rights; Legislators--South Africa; Oral history; Race relations--South Africa; South Africa; South Africa--Social conditions
Topics discussed - Other terms: Blacks--Relations with Jews--South Africa; Prisons and race relations--South Africa; Prisons--correspondence--South Africa; South Africa--History--1909-1961; South Africa--History--1961-; South Africa--Politics and government--1948-1961; South Africa--Politics and government--1961-; Suzman, Helen, 1917-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0021125-16564