A story of friendship and defiance

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Julie Berman (Exec Director of the SA Zionist Federation Cape Council), Benjamin Pogrund (author), Robert Sobukwe’s daughter Miliswa, Robert Sobukwe’s grandchildren, Jonathan Silke (Hon Life President of SA Zionist Federation).
Julie Berman (Exec Director of the SA Zionist Federation Cape Council), Benjamin Pogrund (author), Robert Sobukwe’s daughter Miliswa, Robert Sobukwe’s grandchildren, Jonathan Silke (Hon Life President of SA Zionist Federation).
Julie Berman (Exec Director of the SA Zionist Federation Cape Council), Benjamin Pogrund (author), Robert Sobukwe’s daughter Miliswa, Robert Sobukwe’s grandchildren, Jonathan Silke (Hon Life President of SA Zionist Federation).

The South African Zionist Federation (Cape Council) together with the Jacob Gitlin Library were honoured to host the launch of Robert Sobukwe: How Can Man Die Better, by Benjamin Pogrund.

The book tells the story of a South African hero and of friendship between Robert Sobukwe and Benjamin Pogrund, whose joint experiences and debates chart the course of the Apartheid regime and the growth of black resistance.

On 21 March 1960, as President of the PAC, Sobukwe led Soweto residents to their local police station in order to defy the pass laws. On the same day, during the same PAC anti-pass campaign, police opened fire on a peaceful crowd in Sharpeville, killing 69 people. This event changed the course of South Africa’s history.

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