Thursday, October 17, 2019
Book Launch: Verwoerd
On 17 October 2019 I facilitated a discussion with Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd at the Belfast launch of "Verwoerd: My Journey through Family Betrayals". The discussion focused on key aspects of the book, and particularly Dr Verwoerd's challenges of coming to terms with the fact that HF Verwoerd, his grandfather, was the South African Prime Minister who is widely considered the architect of the apartheid system. Topics for discussion included key questions of the responsibilities of those who benefitted from the apartheid system, the question of "betrayal" when you take a different path to peacebuilding from those around you, as well as the relevance of the book to wider contexts.