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White Lies

Canon Collins and the secret war against apartheid

Denis Herbstein

Format200mm x 130mm
ISBN 100-7969-2088-5
ISBN 13978-07969-2088-1
Publish Year2004
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This is the story of one man’s single-minded, unremitting, always creative, campaign to provide material support to South Africa’s liberation struggle, assisting leaders like Nelson Mandela and ordinary township and rural activists, as well as families who suffered because their loved ones were political prisoners, had fled into exile or been killed by the apartheid regime.

Foreword by Per Wästberg

Preface: Two men came to lunch

1 John Collins: Churchill’s 'dupe'

2 Acts of defiance

3 Collins in South Africa: ‘the most pleasant madhouse in the world’

4 High treason

5 Sharpeville

6 Fire the Canon!

7 The ‘odd bodies’ of Amen Court

8 Armed struggle and Rivonia

9 Round one to Pretoria: the ANC and the Eastern Cape

10 Enuga Reddy and the UN Trust Fund

11 The Swedes

12 Rock bottom: the banning of Defence and Aid

13 Cut-outs and noble Lords

14 The ‘white lie’

15 The Imam and the Dean

16 Welfare Le Carré style

17 Stephanus and Eileen

18 An old man in a hurry

19 A failed coup: Craig Williamson and the IUEF

20 Around the world

21 Letters from elsewhere

22 Kith and kin

23 Death of the Canon

24 Passionist postbag

25 Total onslaught

26 Close down

27 Where are they now?

References and other sources
List of letter writers


Extract from the book review by Catherine Jenkins (SOAS, University of London), published in Politikon, (May 2005), 32(1), 170-172:

""This is a fine, well-researched work written with the deceptively light touch of the experienced journalist. Herbstein conveys the passionate conviction of Canon Collins and the commitment of the IDAF team in a narrative that is compelling and enjoyable. Whilst relating the very human rivalries, jealousies and disputes from which even the clergy are apparently not exempt, the book is ultimately a celebration of the achievements of Canon Collins and all those who had, in the words of Diana Collins, the 'imaginative sympathy that enables people to identify with people they don't know, who are suffering in any way' (p. 329). Indeed, remarkably, the Canon himself visited South Africa only once in his lifetime. The idea that 'imagination is the great instrument of moral good' (p. 329) gives Herbstein's book a universal appeal. It should be of special interest to all who now work in the non-governmental human rights movement to which the Canon made such a distinguished early contribution.""

Extract from the book review by Mandy Goedhals (University of Kwazulu-Natal), published in Transformation, Vol. 59 pp. 124-126:

""The HSRC Press and James Currey, neither of them publishing lightweights, have thought it worthwhile to take on Denis Herbstein's history of Canon John Collins and the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF). ...The account has been brilliantly written, with the elaborate and intricate sequence of events laid out with clarity. Herbstein maintains clear control of the central narrative, but the chapters are fascinating and well organised units in themselves.""

Extract from review by Richard Dale (Fountain Hills, Arizona) in the African Studies Review Vol. 49.3 (Dec 2006):

""The authors of both books under review have provided exceptional, pioneering, and well-grounded analyses of IDAF's and AAM's political, financial, and legal contributions to the struggle against apartheid, and their works will have an established place in the Africanist popular and research literature.""

Click on the link below to read reviews:

Farmers Weekly 26 March 2006

African Business 01 October 2005

Sunday Times Lifestyle 10 July 2005

Cape Librarian January - February 2005

Church Times 8 April 2005

African Review of Books 05 March 2005

Ham & High 04 March 2005

The Guardian 22 February 2005

Witness 5 January 2005

Cape Times 7 Dec 2004

Beeld Plus 29 October 2004

The Star 27 October 2004

Die Burger 25 October 2004

Sunday Times Extra 24 October 2004

Sunday Tribune 17 October 2004

""Herbstein's book is an inspiring tale of inventive commitment and courage, which, in its unspectacular way, contributed to the downfall of apartheid.""
Marcel Berlins, The Guardian, 22 February 2005


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