Ben Turok

Ben Turok was born in Latvia in 1927, and fled with his family from Eastern Europe to Cape Town in 1934. The community they entered into included a number of other Jewish refugees from Latvia, amongst whom Turok remembers, 

…the discussion was always about Jewish culture and the history of the Jewish people. So I imbibed a certain liberalism on racial issues.”

Turok became a central figure in the South African trade unions and was one of the accused in the Treason Trial.

From left: Albie Sachs, Denis Goldberg and Ruth First. Click on the the faces to read more about them.

Ethnic Radicals, Kaplan Centre, UCT