Fonds BC581 - Forman Papers

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Forman Papers


  • 1912-1944 (Creation)

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10 archive boxes; 1859 items

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journalist, author, barrister and member of the COD and SACP

Born in 1927 in Rosettenville Forman was a barrister and a journalist. He was author of the first book on the trial, 'You Can Hang For Treason'. Forman headed the South African Student delegation to international conferences. He was also an editor of Advance and New Age and a co-author of 'The South African Treason Trial ' and a member of the South African Congress of Democrats, as well as a member of the Communist Party of South Africa. He was an accused in the 1956 Treason Trial. His indictment was quashed in 1959. Lionel Forman died in October 1959.

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Donor: Sadie Forman

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Personal papers (1912-1944); extensive material in connection with the Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union and with societies and petitions (1925-1944).


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  • Shelf: 59b