Collection 041 - Records of the Foreign Office: Rivonia Trial

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GB NAUK MR-RT-041

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Records of the Foreign Office: Rivonia Trial

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  • 1964 (Accumulation)

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17 files ; Text-based documents

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These records fall under: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence; African, West and Central (J): South Africa (JS) subseries.
Includes:

  • CVs of Rivonia Trialists written by Nadine Gordimer (April 1964)
  • Nelson Mandela speech from the dock (scheduled for 20th April)
  • Analysis (8 April 1964)
  • Rivonia Trial (notes from Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign affairs, 10 April 1964)
  • Nigerian government's concern for the Rivonia accused (notes, 10 April 1964)
  • Potential intervention by the British government (discussions, no date)
  • Possible intervention by German government in Rivonia trial (note, 16 April 1964)
  • Rivonia trial defence (newspaper articles, various April 1964)
  • Kenyan's government's anxiety about Rivonia trail (note, no date)
  • African leaders plan on demonstrations if Nelson Mandela is executed (notes, 7 May 1964)
  • Ethiopia asks for Belgium to exert pressure on South African government (note, 6 may 1964)
  • Nelson Mandela's speaking in Addis Ababa - exhibit R13 in the Rivonia trial (notes of Nelson Mandela, May 1963)
  • Note on Bram Fischer's defence statement (20 April 1964)
  • The likely outcome of the Rivonia Trial (discussion document, no date)
  • "The Revolutionary way out" (statement of the SACO, no date)
  • "Should the British Prime Minister send a private message to Verwoed about Rivonia?" (correspondence, 7 May 1964; reply on 14 May saying it would be inadvisable)
  • Letter enclosing Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock (correspondence from, 6 May 1964)
  • Van den Bergh of BOSS does not expect a death sentence to be passed in the Rivonia Trail (note, 20 May 1964

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Electronic catalogue available online - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue

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