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

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When They Came for Me

The Hidden Diary of an Apartheid Prisoner

John R. Schlapobersky
Foreword by Albie Sachs

296 pages, 5 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-906-8 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2021)

ISBN  978-1-78920-908-2 $24.95/£19.95 Pb Not Yet Published (May 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-907-5 eBook Not Yet Published

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“A chilling, gripping, harrowing reminder of the evil nightmare that was the apartheid police state – and the brave people like John who resisted it.” • Lord Peter Hain


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  Apartheid and its resistance come to life in this story to make it a vital historical document, one of its time and one for our own.

John Schlapobersky is a Consultant Psychotherapist. He won the Alonso Award of the American Group Psychotherapy Association in 2017 for his book From the Couch to the Circle: Group-Analytic Psychotherapy In Practice' (Routledge 2016).

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Africa