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Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Jewish Voices and Perspectives

P G J Meiring

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 25, No 2 (2004), 546-567. doi: 10.4102/ve.v25i2.288

Submitted: 06 October 2004
Published:  06 October 2004

Abstract

The author who served on the South African† Truth† and
Reconciliation Commission (TRC) focuses on the Jewish experience in South Africa† during† the apartheid years. At a special TRC Hearing for Faith Communities (East London, 17-19† November 1997) Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris submitted a statement on behalf of his community. Two earlier documents were also put at† the TRCís disposal: a statement on Reconciliation† presented by Gesher (a Jewish movement for social action) as a well as a comprehensive volume containing 27 interviews with Jewish activists (Cutting Through the Mountain). Taking his cue from both the Chief Rabbiís presentation and the earlier documents, the author discusses the role of the Jewish community in overtly and covertly supporting the apartheid regime, as well the experiences of many Jews in struggling against apartheid. Finally the contribution of the Jewish community towards healing and reconciliation in South Africa comes under the spotlight.

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P G J Meiring, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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