Goldblatt, Israel

by Celine Graber

Advocate Israel Goldblatt (1897-1982) was one of the very few ‘white liberal’ Namibians who in the 1960s engaged with a small group of African nationalists such as Clemens Kapuuo, Bartholomews Karuaera and the then already imprisoned Brendan Simbwaye. Carl Schlettwein knew him and his family since the late 1950s and took over parts of his library when Goldblatt moved to Israel in the early 1970s. His daughters Naomi Jacobson and Karen Marshall stayed in touch with the BAB and, together with Dag Henrichsen, published Goldblatt’s private notes on his encounters with the African nationalists in the volume ‘Building Bridges’ (2010).

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