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When They Came For Me: The Hidden Diary Of An Apartheid Prisoner

John R. Schlapobersky

“John’s exquisitely written memoir tells us about human endurance survival, repair and transcendence.” - Albie Sachs

In 1969, while a student at Wits University, 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, written half a century after the event, the author reflects on the singing of the condemned prisoners, the poetry, songs and texts that saw him through his ordeal, and its impact. 

He transformed his life - guided by a sense of hope - working as a psychotherapist with a continuing focus on rehabilitation with 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 Apartheid and its resistance come to life in this story to make it a vital historical document, one of its time and one for our own.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 R. Schlapobersky is a Consultant Psychotherapist. He was given the Alonso Award for the outstanding publication in psychodynamic group therapy for his book From the Couch to the Circle: Group-Analytic Psychotherapy In Practice' (Routledge 2016).

Category:  Biography & Memoir
ISBN:  9781776191031
Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publisher
On sale:  June 2021
Format:  Paperback
eBook ISBN  9781776191048 
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