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April 17, 1992 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-04-17

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NEWS 1

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OF ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY
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Actress Makes
Black Refuge

Johannesburg (JTA) — Ac-
tress Helen Heldenmuth, a
prominent figure among
South African Jewish wo-
men, has turned her home in
the upscale suburb of
Glenhazel into a refuge for
black children fleeing
violence in the nearby black
township of Alexandra.
According to some
witnesses, Alexandra has
come to resemble war-torn
Beirut. Since the over-
whelming pro-reform vote on
March 17, rival black groups
have been battling in the
streets.
Some attribute the out-
break to a sinister right-
wing "third force," while
others say it is part of a
power struggle for a stake in
the new South Africa.
Whatever the case may be,
Alexandra is, as someone
quipped ironically, just "a
stone's throw" from Johan-
nesburg's fashionable nor-
thern suburbs, where the
Jewish community is con-
centrated.
With white public schools
now open to all races, black
parents seeking refuge for
their children have turned to
their white neighbors.
Several Jewish residents
have opened their doors to
black mothers and children
fleeing the township.
Ms. Heldenmuth, who
conducts drama classes in
her home, has turned it into
a haven for her black pupils,
their mothers and grand-
mothers.
She did this even while the
apartheid laws were in effect
and often found herself in
court on charges of illegally
harboring blacks.
She unofficially adopted
Sizie and Amanda Modise,
daughters of her black
housekeeper, Sophie Modise.
Both girls call her
"Mommy" and their
biological mother "Mama."
They live with Helden-
muth legally now and attend
non-racial white schools.
Ms. Heldenmuth repre-
sents South African Jewish
women in a new religious
group called Women for
Positive Action, which
lobbies for racial peace.
The group has met with
President F.W. de Klerk and
with Nelson Mandela, presi-
dent of the African National
Congress.
Ms. Heldenmuth told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
that they were "extremely
well received by de Klerk,
Mandela and Buthelezi"
while "Treurnicht was
polite?'

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