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Ein weiterer Nachruf auf Neville Alexander

Posted by entdinglichung - 29. August 2012

Neville Alexander (22 October 1936 – 27 August 2012) von Norman Traub auf International Viewpoint, nachfolgend ein Auszug:

„He was radicalised by contact with a teacher, Ronnie Britten, a member of the Teachers League of South Africa, an organisation affiliated to the Unity Movement of South Africa (UMSA). He joined the Peninsula Students Union, an affiliate of UMSA , where he was educated not only in the ideology of the national struggle but was introduced to the writings of Karl Marx and Leon Trotsky. He later enrolled for an MA degree at UCT, studying German and wrote a thesis on Silesian Baroque drama.

He won a scholarship to study at Tubingen University in Germany, where he joined the German Socialist Students’ Union. Since UMSA had asked him to remain open to new ideas he made contacts with students from many parts of the world, including Algeria and Cuba. He witnessed the Sharpeville massacre from Germany. On his return to South Africa, he came into conflict with his comrades in UMSA when he began proposing the transposing of guerrilla warfare to South Africa. He was suspended from the organisation and together with Namibian activists founded the Yu Chi Chan Club and subsequently the National Liberation Front.

While these organisations discussed the overthrow of the state, concretely they did not engage in any overt acts against the state. By the end of 1963 their organisation was infiltrated by spies and a number of their members were detained, charged and convicted of conspiracy to commit sabotage. Neville Alexander was sentenced to ten years imprisonment on Robben Island. The savage sentences meted out to Alexander and his comrades provoked international condemnation. I. B. Tabata, President of UMSA, who was on a tour of the US , initiated the establishment of the Alexander Defence Committee (ADC) with the aim of providing funds for the legal defence and family support of political prisoners in South Africa. Several branches of the ADC were opened in Canada and across Europe.“

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Neville Alexander (1936-2012)

Posted by entdinglichung - 27. August 2012

Heute starb im Alter von 75 Jahren Neville Alexander, südafrikanischer revolutionärer Marxist und Kämpfer gegen das Apartheidsystem, der von 1963 bis 1974 auf Robben Island inhaftiert war, während eines Studienauftenhaltes in Tübingen um 1960 Mitglied des SDS, Wissenschaftler und lebenslanger Kämpfer gegen alle Formen von Unterdrückung und Ausbeutung, aus einem Nachruf, möge die Erde dir leicht sein, Neville!

„As a young man Professor Alexander was arrested in July 1963 along with a number of National Liberation Front members and convicted in 1964 of conspiracy to commit sabotage. He was jailed on Robben Island from 1964 to 1974 — a period that coincided with that of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and a number of the country’s most important political activists. Upon his release he was banned and placed under house arrest in Lotus River, Cape Town, until 1979. He later shared ideas with the leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement, including Steve Biko, and came to play a formative role in the establishment of activist groups in the Western Cape. After the reconciliation talks between the African National Congress and the National Party, Alexander was in the forefront of the establishment of the Workers‘ Organisation for a Socialist Azania.

Professor Alexander was in Cradock, Eastern Cape, in October 1936 to David James Alexander, a carpenter, and Dimbiti Bisho Alexander, a schoolteacher. His maternal grandmother was one of sixty-four Oromo children who were enslaved in Ethiopia in 1888 and were subsequently brought to Lovedale in the Eastern Cape. His maternal grandfather was a Presbyterian Church pastor.

Professor Alexander excelled as a UCT student in German and History, graduating with a BA in 1955 and a Master of Arts in 1957 (German: Thesis on the Silesia Baroque drama of Andreas Gryphius and Daniel Caspar von Lohenstein). He completed his PhD in 1961 at the University of Tübingen in Germany with a dissertation on style change in the dramatic work of Gerhart Hauptmann. He also completed a BA (Hons) degree in History by correspondence in 1971 during his imprisonment on Robben Island.“

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Posted by entdinglichung - 4. August 2012

Zum 220 Geburtstag des Dichters und Revolutionärs Percy Bysshe Shelley der Hinweis auf einige seiner Werke:

* Queen Mab; A Philosophical Poem

* The necessity of atheism — A letter to Lord Ellenborough — A refutation of deism — A defence of poetry — Essay on the literature, the arts, and the manners of the Athenians — On life — On a future state — Essay on Christianity

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