Brutal Mandate: A Journey to South West Africa

Brutal Mandate: A Journey to South West Africa

Brutal Mandate: A Journey to South West Africa

Brutal Mandate: A Journey to South West Africa

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By Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt

How little most of us know about Africa! The other day someone started to tell me something which was a fact about South Africa but had nothing whatever to do with South West Africa, which was the area about which we were talking.

This book by Mr. Lowenstein is the story of a trip undertaken to render a service to the people of this mandated territory. The story itself is told in a natural and completely fascinating way, with poetic descriptions which give one an understanding of the country and its people; and the care with which these young men recorded and documented their findings is a truly remarkable achievement. It required courage, good judgment, coolness, and persistence.

Mr. Lowenstein and his companions had all of these qualities, but besides they had a depth of human sympathy and understanding which wiped out the fear of the white man on the part of the black. Yet through the whole book one can sense how deep that fear has become. The terror as it is indicated on every page is one of the things any decent white person will feel shame about.

I have known Mr. Lowenstein for many years. He is a person of unusual ability and complete integrity. I think he will always fight crusades because injustice fills him with a sense of rebellion. He wants to be of help in some way, and it must have been a great satisfaction to him and his companions when the . . .

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