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Helen Joseph interview transcript

Theme: The Shape of Things To Come


Call Number: A10.06.1a
Identifier: AL2460_A10.06.1a
Title: Helen Joseph interview transcript
Date: 31 May 1985
Subject: Non-racialism;
Julie Frederikse;
Helen Joseph;
The Unbreakable Thread;
Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW);
Congress of Democrats (COD)
Description: This is a transcript of an interview with Helen Joseph conducted by Julie Frederikse for her book 'The Unbreakable Thread: non-racialism in South Africa', published by Ravan Press, 1990. Helen Joseph was a founder member of the Congress of Democrats (COD) and the Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW) and participated in the historic march on Pretoria in 1956. She was banned for the first time in 1957 and detained for five months in 1960. After her ban expired in 1962, she undertook a 7,000-mile journey throughout the country seeking out banished people, and was then served with South Africa's first house arrest order. Her ban was lifted in 1971 when she was suffering from cancer, but was reimposed from 1980 to 1982. She was elected a patron of the UDF and spoke at its 1983 launch, continuing to campaign for the MDM despite failing health. Born: 1905 in Sussex, England. Died: December 1992 in Johannesburg. Interviewed: 1985 in Johannesburg. Included in the SAHA online repository 'Tracing the unbreakable thread: non-racialism in South Africa today'
Creator: Interviewer: Julie Frederikse; Interviewee: Helen Joseph
Type: Transcript
Format: Access copy - PDF
Preservation copy - Tiff
Source: SAHA Collection AL2460
Language: English
Coverage: South Africa
Rights: Julie Frederikse
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