n Journal for Contemporary History - Restoring the human spirit : the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the place of forgiveness in the reconciliation of the rainbow nation

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



The world had expected the transition period in South Africa to turn into a bloodbath. Instead, a reasonably peaceful transition was made from apartheid to democracy. One year after the first democratic elections in 1994, a Truth Commission was established for South Africa. People came from all walks of life to tell their stories - from victims to perpetrators.

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