117 Days: An Account of Confinement and Interrogation Under by Ruth First

By Ruth First

2009 booklet of a 1965 book. fortunately filling a request for a retail epub

An unforgettable account of defiance opposed to political terror by way of certainly one of South Africas pioneering anti-apartheid activists

An important testimonial of the excesses of the apartheid method, 117 Days offers the harrowing chronicle of journalist Ruth Firsts isolation and abuse by the hands of South African interrogators after her arrest in 1963. Upon her arrest, she used to be detained in solitary confinement below South Africas infamous ninety-day detention legislation. this is often the tale of the conflict of nerves that ensued among First and her distinctive department captorsa paintings that is still a vintage portrait of oppression and the consideration of the human spirit.

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The ikonization of the Party led not merely to the replace­ ment of the Party's ideology by the Party's interests, but eventually to the decapitation of the Party by the physical extirpation of the original elite, together with their 'credentials' . Since the physical extirpation ran parallel with the deification of the former political caucus, the 'Old Bolsheviks', after a period of incubation during which Stalin's faction trium­ phantly consolidated its rule, were stripped naked of all honour when they were flung into the mangling-machine of the mass purges of 1 936-38.

The entire civil population felt itself to be in one camp united against the enemy-the police and the military. Strangers passing by conversed with each other, asking ques­ tions and talking about the news, about clashes with and the diversionary movements of the enemy. But something else was noticeable that hadn't existed in the Moscow insurrection : the wall between the two camps-the people and the authorities-was not so impenetrable ; a certain diffusion could be felt between them. This increased the excite­ ment and filled the masses with something like enthusiasm.

On Wednesday and Thursday-February 22nd and 23rd-the movement in the streets became clearly defined, going beyond the limits of the usual factory meetings� At the same time the feebleness of the authorities was exposed. They were plainly not succeeding-with all the machinery they had been building up for decades-in suppressing the movement at its source. The city was filled with rumours and a feeling of 'disorders'. As far as scale went, similar disorders had taken place scores �ftimes in our day.

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