Saturday, 7 July 2012
Denis Goldberg fought alongside Nelson Mandela against apartheid
In the struggle against apartheid, he sat down side by side with Nelson Mandela and for the human rights of black people in South Africa. He also sat for a long time so in prison. On Wednesday the civil rights visited the Comenius School and talked about his experiences.
Denis Goldberg said in the Comenius course on the history of apartheid and the current situation in South Africa.
Mettingen. "Whatever you ask, it's a good question, there are no stupid questions." Denis Goldberg, it is important to deepen that around 60 young people not only listen, but also by what they hear their own thoughts and questions. The South Africans in the Comenius School a welcome guest, and has already tied up a lot of students with its impressive descriptions. On Wednesday, he talks about the history of apartheid and the current political situation in his homeland. The 79-year-old remembers his time as a fighter against apartheid - side by side with Nelson Mandela and how that as a member of the African National Congress (ANC), which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Like Mandela, Goldberg has been sitting for decades in prison before he in the 1990s witnessed the birth of South African democracy.
The "worst months of my life," he experienced after his arrest. The apartheid regime had wanted to make clear "that we are terrorists," says Goldberg, and is glad to escape with his life, because really, "she wanted to see hang us," he reveals how inhuman and brutal the regime.
"I would not be free, I would belong to the oppressors," Goldberg's answer to the question why he had fought as a representative of the white minority to black freedom. People are people and need protection, so he knew it from his parents' house from his own family and from his circle of friends with people of all skin colors. Goldberg is also still passionately for freedom and against intolerance and injustice. "The flame is burning still inside me," he admits. His fight is not over yet, although some had already improved. However, he should look optimistically into the future see that people get things done in his home country.
Goldberg wants to move the students of the college to get involved and encourages them to join the network "School without Racism - School with Courage" to join. The young women and men from two English courses and a religion course pursued Goldberg's remarks curious, but also scared and full of admiration for his tireless dedication to freedom.
"It's life, and life is wonderful," said'd Goldberg after his conviction in the 1960s in the courtroom said to his mother (in German: "It is life and life is wonderful"). A sentence of a man who paid tribute to his listeners on Wednesday utmost respect.