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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Fischer, Bram

1908 - 1975

Fischer was born into a prominent Afrikaner family. He was a Rhodes Scholar and became an advocate. He joined the CPSA in 1939. In the 1940s Fischer was on the Johannesburg District Committee and Central Committee of the CPSA and in 1943 he helped Xuma revise the ANC constitution. He was charged with incitement during the miner's strike in 1946. He was a member of the Congress of Democrats.

Fischer was part of the defence team in the Treason Trial of 1956 to1961 and defended the accused during the Rivonia trial in1964. In 1966 he was found guilty under the Suppression of Communism Act and conspiring to commit sabotage. In 1967 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

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