When They Came for Me: The Hidden Diary of an Apartheid Prisoner

Author(s) : John Schlapobersky

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When They Came for Me: The Hidden Diary of an Apartheid Prisoner

Book Details

  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Published : May 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 248
  • Category :
    Memoir
  • Catalogue No : 97007
  • ISBN 13 : 9781789209082
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789209

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In 1969, while a student in South Africa, John Schlapobersky was arrested for opposing apartheid and tortured, detained and eventually deported. Interrogated through sleep deprivation, he later wrote secretly in solitary confinement about the struggle for survival. In this exquisitely written memoir, the author reflects on the singing of the condemned prisoners, the poetry, songs and texts that saw him through his ordeal, and its impact.

This sense of hope through which he transformed his life guides his continuing work as a psychotherapist and his focus on the rehabilitation of others. Apartheid and its resistance come to life in this story to make it a vital historical document, one of its time and one for our own.

About the Author(s)

John Schlapobersky is a Training Analyst, Supervisor and Teacher at the Institute of Group Analysis London and Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London. He is in private practice at the Bloomsbury Psychotherapy Practice where he works with individuals, couples and groups. He has trained generations of group analysts, teaches internationally and has many publications. This book is the professional life's work of a leading British group analyst.

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