High School History Recap

#6 A Secret Apartheid Massacre with Dr Mignonne Breier

October 24, 2022 William H Palk, Colin du Plessis and Dr Mignonne Breier Season 5 Episode 6
High School History Recap
#6 A Secret Apartheid Massacre with Dr Mignonne Breier
Show Notes

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Have you ever heard about the East Bank Location Massacre on 9 November 1952? Neither have we. Dr Mignonne Breier joins us to talk about her book Bloody Sunday in which she uncovered the gruesome details of this massacre that upends the conventional apartheid narrative.

Here are some of the questions we consider:

  • Why do so few people know about the East Bank Location / Duncan Village Massacre?
  • How was it possible to hide the murders of 200 people?
  • Where is East Bank Location?
  • Was it just geographical isolation or a purposeful cover-up?
  • What is the story behind the East Bank Location / Duncan Village Massacre?
  • What was the involvement of the ANC in arranging the meeting? Why didn't they expose the massacre?
  • Who was Sister Aidan? Did her murder exacerbate events?
  • How were the people of East Bank Location / Duncan Village killed?
  • How does Bloody Sunday (the East Bank Location / Duncan Village Massacre) change the apartheid narrative?
  • How would this massacre have changed people's perceptions of apartheid if they had known about it?
  • Why did the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) fail to uncover the massacre?
  • Why did protesters' families not report their loved ones' deaths to the police?
  • Why did Mignonne choose the title "Boody  Sunday"?
  • How should we memorialize the Duncan Village Massacre of 1952?
  • Why were the deaths of the people of Duncan Village dismissed?
  • How did seven years of research change Mignonne's perception of South Africa's past?
  • How does this story become part of the "conventional" apartheid narrative?
  • What is Mignonne's advice to young people?

You can email Dr Mignonne Breier at mignonne.breier@gmail.com or find her on Twitter @MignonneBreier.

Send your questions and suggestions to @WilliamHPalk or @C_duPlessis.

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