BRAKENSTROOM.

Brakenstroom is a collection of short stories about real and fictional people that lived in the town of Potchefstroom, South Africa. Many of the individual characters in real life have been combined into one character in the book.  Many readers try to identify the characters with people they knew living in the town, Potchefstroom, but without success, simply because although what happened may have occurred to a person they knew, the complex character created was not someone they knew. 

The story of Tzippie, truly happened, one of the stories where truth is greater than fiction.  One publisher rejected the book because she said that 'this story could not have happened.' Yet it did, as did the story of Hettie, a story told to me by the lawyer representing her, many years later.

The book was self published in 2000, and has been received very well.

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The VASE with the MANY COLOURED MARBLES 

Summary.

This is a story that attacks racial, religious and sexual discrimination throughout the world by pointing out the horror and tragedy of the apartheid system of racial discrimination in South Africa.  The story also highlights how many Whites within the country secretly fought against the apartheid system.

Body Text

Book 1, EMMA.

The story is about a young Coloured girl born into the apartheid system of South Africa. As she grows up, she finds that being classified a second class citizen, is unbearable. She decides to cross the colour barrier and become a White.

This is Emma’s story, about how she crosses the colour barrier and how she enters the White community, but not in Cape Town where she was born, but in Johannesburg. She becomes friendly with a Jewish Family who escaped from Nazi Germany. She decides that the apartheid policies of Hendrik Verwoerd, the Prime Minister is pro-Nazi, and feels that it will just be a matter of time before gas chambers are built in South Africa.   She also realises that the policy of the Nationalist Party under Hendrik Verwoerd is to limit the education of the non-Whites within the country, and create a slave labour force.

 She moves to Potchefstroom, and joins Charlie Stuart who fought the Boers in the Anglo Boer war. Charlie settled in Potchefstroom after falling in love with and marrying Christa, a woman from an Afrikaaner family. Charlie Stuart encourages Emma to join his secret organisation working against the apartheid system.

In her work, she comes into contact with more and more Blacks, and concludes that they will never ever govern the country efficiently because of their lack of education and tribal upbringing .  She decides that they have to be educated efficiently, and effectively, something the Verwoerd government opposes.

Book 2. MARLA.

Marla is Emma's daughter. She grows up in Potchefstroom as a White, attending Afrikaans schools at her mother’s insistence, because Emma believes that not all Afrikaaners are Verwoerd followers. Because Marla’s skin is of a darker colour than most Whites, she does experience a degree of discrimination especially when her skin darkens with a suntan.

After she has completed her schooling, Marla attends the English speaking University of the Witwatersrand, and becomes active in opposing apartheid. 

The story is based on truth, a story I have lived with all my life. The characters are all based on people I have met and known in my life. It is a story that has to be told so that people in the world can realize the true horror of the apartheid system, still practiced today by countries that discriminate against its population because of religious beliefs. It is also for those counties who discriminate against women, because they interpret their religion incorrectly and classify women as second class citizens.

“You will PROTECT your women, not enslave them.”

Yes, I was threatened by the South Africa Security police, and yes I did donate thousands of Rand to the education system in Potchefstroom, and yes, everything I did, not even my wife knew about.  I joined the National Party, and worked to temper their hatred until they asked me to leave the party. My son, years later, when he attended the Afrikaans University in Stellenbosch, phoned me to tell  me that certain students were forming a NAZI party at the University. I told him to join it and read the diary of Anne Frank to the members.  After he had read extracts from the book to them, the Party dissolved itself at the second meeting.

 The book is also for the world to realize that a poorly educated Black governed Africa is a disaster. One has seen this decay in Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and other countries in Africa. South Africa is rapidly following suit. Black governed Provinces are succumbing to increased rates of crime, with many White farmers being murdered by Blacks.  Cape Town and the Cape Province is so far the exception, where the City, managed by a predominantly White, Indian and Coloured  council, is still a beautiful city to live in.

When an African American remarked proudly at a Dance of the King in Swaziland, in 1958.

“These are my people.”

I told him, “The only thing you have in common with them is the colour of your skin.”

“ The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles is an interesting story set during an interesting period in history, which is the essence of a good marketable book. It’s something about which most Americans know very little, too, so I like it from the educational perspective as well. “

 Lynn Maria Thompson
President, Thompson Writing & Editing, Inc.
Neptune Beach, Florida


Brakenstroom is available as an eBook from Amazon, or as a soft cover. 


It is also available from Regnis Publishing at jaxxinn@gmail.com

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 JACOB SINGER. AUTHOR.

jaxxinn@gmail.com

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         BRAKENSTROOM 

is the first book I have written, a book of short stories about family and people I knew in Potchefstroom.

This book is available from Regnis Publishing, at jaxxinn@gmail.com. 


The VASE with the MANY COLOURED MARBLES.

is my second book, about a young girl and her mother whom  I met as a boy. The book is available from Amazon as an eBook or paperback. It is also available at the Apple bookstore as an eBook.

All bookstores throughout the world can order the soft cover from my publishers,     

 Outskirts Press Inc.

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