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South African Politician Helen Suzman.

From 1953 until 1989 Helen Suzman served as an Opposition Member of the South African Parliament. Suzman was a pioneering political leader in the fight against apartheid and anti-semitism. For thirteen years she was the sole representative in the Parliament to reject race discrimination. In her book, "In No Uncertain Terms: A South African Memoir" (Knopf), she explains how she used her status to gain access to places out of bounds to the general public--prisons, black townships and "resettlement areas"--and how she came to know Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners.


Other segments from the episode on November 9, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 9, 1993: Interview with Helen Suzman; Interview with Amos Oz; Review of Sena Jeter Naslund's and Julia Barrett's novels "Sherlock in Love" and "Presumption."


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