Nelson Mandela: A colossus whose time had to come

BY VIC ALHADEFF

Sydney Morning Herald
December 6, 2013

There is an incident in Nelson Mandela’s seminal autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom, which is seemingly inconsequential, yet symbolises the extraordinary calibre of leadership of a political giant whose aura bestrode the world.

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Honouring extraordinary courage

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Greek Australian VEMA
January 27, 2013

Zakynthos is a tiny Greek island at the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula.

On September 9, 1943, German forces arrived on Zakynthos and ordered its mayor, Loukas Karrer, to provide them with a list of the names and addresses of the island’s 275 Jews for deportation to the death camps. The distressed mayor consulted the Greek Orthodox leader, Bishop Chrysostomos. How could they hand them over? The Jews were as Greek as he was.

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