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Upington : a story of trials and reconciliations
Durbach, Andrea, 1957-
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St. Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, [1999]

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267 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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HV6535.S6 U753 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The extraordinary and moving story of one woman's battle against racism and move to Australia.

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Library Journal Review

On November 13, 1985, 25 South Africans were convicted and 14 sentenced to death for the murder of a black policeman. Durbach, one of their lawyers and a young white woman, has written a very thorough narrative of the trials and ultimate release of the Upington 25, organizing her work thematically and with a sense of chronology. With immense skill, she displays an impressive amount of materialsDdiaries, letters, conversations, photographs, newspaper clippings, court transcripts, and documentsDto bring the trial to life. She reveals its impact on the accused and their families, the apartheid legal machinery, and how she and another lawyer, Anton Lubowski, fought to secure the freedom of the accused in May 1991. Even readers already familiar with the underpinnings of the apartheid regime will find fresh insight and new perspective here. The author, whose passion for her defense role shines throughout the book, has made a meaningful contribution to the literature. Of value to students and anyone interested in South Africa and human rights.DEdward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beach (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.