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September 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hilda Bernstein, 91, an anti-apartheid activist and author who was a founding member of the Federation of South African Women, the first nonracial women's organization in South Africa, died of heart failure Friday at her home in Cape Town, South Africa. Bernstein, whose husband was tried for treason along with Nelson Mandela, was born in London in 1915 and emigrated to South Africa in 1932, working in advertising, publishing and journalism.
June 27, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lionel "Rusty" Bernstein, 82, a white anti-apartheid activist who stood trial for sabotage along with former South African President Nelson Mandela, died Sunday in Oxford, England, of a heart attack. The onetime head of South Africa's Communist Party, Bernstein was one of 16 activists, including Mandela, who were charged in 1963 with sabotage and the attempted overthrow of the South African government.
July 17, 2002 | From Associated Press
Percy Yutar, the prosecutor who won life sentences against Nelson Mandela and other African National Congress leaders in the 1964 Rivonia treason trial, has died. He was 90. Yutar died Saturday, months after suffering a stroke and a heart attack, said his wife, Cecilia, according to the South African Press Assn.
December 10, 1989 | CLIVE LEEMAN, Clive Leeman, a South African, lives in Ojai and teaches English at Moorpark College
"We burned their bodies and then either tossed the ashes into the river or raked them over the ground to hide any trace of them." With descriptions like this, retired South African Police Capt. Dirk Johannes Coetzee revealed what was never supposed to be known, never even whispered into the ears of posterity.
October 24, 2009 | Scott Kraft
Some two decades ago, as this newspaper's correspondent in South Africa, I watched apartheid crumble and Nelson Mandela walk free from prison. It was a reporter's dream, covering the final gasps of an unjust system that was vilified around the world. And it had all the ingredients of a wonderful story, with courageous and malevolent characters on both sides. "Endgame," a British docu-drama on PBS this Sunday night, is an ambitious effort to turn the events leading up to that historic moment into a political thriller.
December 5, 2012
Fyodor Khitruk Animated Soviet version of 'Winnie the Pooh' Fyodor Khitruk, 95, a prominent Russian animator and director who created the Soviet Union's cartoon version of A.A. Milne's classic Winnie the Pooh stories, died Monday in Moscow, according to the Russian Animated Film Assn. The cause of death was not specified. Khitruk was best known for his work aimed at children, such as "Vinni-Pukh," as Winnie the Pooh is known in Russia. The cartoon series was produced between 1969 and 1972 and continues to air on television.
May 12, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
He has an illegal Soviet gun and 200 rounds of ammunition. He's just returned from a military training camp in northern Africa and he's planning to blow things up. He's a hero to his followers, but a terrorist to the government. And police are closing in. So, hide the gun and ammo. He steps out the back door of the rural farmhouse hide-out, paces out 20 steps and digs a deep pit on the edge of a field. He oils the weapon, wraps it in plastic and foil, then in khaki cloth, places it in the hole and covers it carefully with a piece of tin to deflect the rain.
For four grueling days, a stocky, silver-haired lawyer stood in court with his hands on his hips and his long, black robe swept behind him. He often glanced from side to side, a look of exasperation plainly evident on his face. "Why," George Bizos asked the witness, Kenneth Kgase, "do you find it necessary to lie, Mr. Kgase? Why do you lie?" "I have no answer," said Kgase, speaking softly and glancing nervously from Bizos to the judge. "I'm going to suggest to you, Mr.
July 13, 2008 | Devon Haynie, Associated Press
Anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg spent his last day of freedom for 22 years on Liliesleaf Farm, a 28-acre swath of land in northern Johannesburg where African National Congress guerrillas such as Nelson Mandela plotted apartheid's downfall. "We weren't super men and women," the 74-year-old Goldberg said as he surveyed the farm, recently opened as an interactive museum. "We were just ordinary people who had a commitment." He urged visitors to "remember that freedom costs lives and liberty and struggle and dedication.
December 23, 1990 | Anthony Hazlitt Heard, Anthony Hazlitt Heard, former editor of the Cape Times newspaper, is the author of "The Cape of Storms" (University of Arkansas Press). He spoke with Nelson Mandela at the Vineyard Hotel in the Cape Town suburb of Newlands, when the ANC leader was in Cape Town to receive honorary doctorates from two universities
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela not only epitomizes the black struggle against apartheid in South Africa but also the yearnings of the unfree everywhere. Still, he has no vote in the country of his birth. He was born 72 years ago into a royal household in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. If Mandela, like many others, had gone along with the apartheid order enforced by the white Nationalist government, he could have risen to high tribal office.
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