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Christmas shopping in Norway

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 11:56 Published in Photographs

When Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya travelled to Norway in December 1961 they enjoyed far greater freedom of movement than they did at home. Chief Luthuli's schedule was tightly packed since the Apartheid Government begrudgingly permitted him only a ten day passport to travel to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. As well as attending the Nobel Prize ceremony on 10 December and delivering the Nobel Lecture the following day, Chief Luthuli conducted several radio and television interviews and took the opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues, many of who lived outside South Africa in exile.


The Chief and Nokukhanya did, however, find a few moments to tour Oslo and wander the city's streets and shops in a way they were prohibited from doing in Apartheid South Africa where Luthuli was banned and effectively subject to house arrest. While in Norway he also met one of Oslo's many roving Father Christmases. See: LutMus2010.07.091


The Nobel committee selected Luthuli to receive the award in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods.  In his acceptance speech, Luthuli said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”


Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya in Norway

Thursday, 08 December 2011 05:55 Published in Photographs

Three days after leaving their home in Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal, Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya arrive in Oslo, Norway, where Luthuli will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. He received a warm welcome and was shortly reunited with exiled ANC stalwarts, including Oliver Tambo and M B Yengwa, as well as international friends, including Mary Louise Hooper and John Reuling. After years of being marginalised and banned by the Apartheid Government, Chief Luthuli was suddenly in the international limelight and a hectic schedule of interviews, lectures, sermons and audiences with dignitaries ensued.


The Nobel committee selected Luthuli to receive the award in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods.  In his acceptance speech, Luthuli said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”

Oliver Tambo na Oslo

Friday, 02 December 2011 06:11 Published in Archives

Die Burger newspaper reports that Oliver Tambo has arrived in Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at which his leader, Chief Luthuli, will be awarded the prize for 1960. Luthuli was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods.  In his acceptance speech he said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”


Oliver Tambo and other prominent ANC exiles and international figures demonstrated their support for Luthuli by travelling to Norway to be part of his entourage. The South African Apartheid Government openly criticised the Nobel Prize committee on their selection and refused to honour Luthuli's award.


Oliver Tambo was a founding member of the ANC Youth League and, along with Luthuli, was arrested in 1956 on charges of treason but not formally charged during the 1956 Treason Trial. He went into exile in 1960 and only returned to South Africa after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990. He declined to stand for any position in the ANC and the position, National Chairman, was created in his honour. Tambo passed away on 23rd April 1993.

In recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods, Luthuli was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, in 1961.  In his acceptance speech he said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”


In this seven page typed letter to family and friends, John Reuling, a close friend of Chief Luthuli, recounts his experience in Oslo, Norway, where he attended the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at which Luthuli received the prestigious award in person.


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Albert Luthuli in sy afwesigheid gehuldig

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:13 Published in Archives

Report refers to difficulties faced by Luthuli in obtaining a passport from the Apartheid Government so that he could travel to Norway to receive in person the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960.

Oliver Tambo na Oslo

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:12 Published in Archives
Oliver Tambo na Oslo. Digital copy. Article concerning Oliver tambo's presence in Oslo during Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

Rus en Stilte vir Luthuli

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:12 Published in Archives
Rus en Stilte vir Luthuli. Digital copy. Article alluding to peace and quiet for Luthuli.

Flowers, snow and royal audience for Luthuli

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:11 Published in Archives
Flowers, snow and royal audience for Luthuli. Digital copy. Report on Luthulis' arrival in Oslo and first day at the Grand Hotel.

Doktorsgraad vir Luthuli Gevra

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:11 Published in Archives
Doktorsgraad vir Luthuli Gevra. Digital copy. Newspaper article concerning Luthuli's upcoming Nobel Peace Prize award.

"Lutulis get their passports"

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:10 Published in Archives
Original article. "Lutulis get their passports." Relates to Nobel Peace Prize.
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