Kant/Lace - A Play

No, not Emmanuel Kant. Kant, the Afrikaans word for "lace," is a stage play in the process of being written by Gerhard Venter. The play is about the victory of the Afrikaners over near-annihilation in the British-run concentration camps of the Second Anglo-Boer War.
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'Troublesome bloody woman' to the British high command in S.A., but a beloved hero to all Afrikaners. There's a monument to her in Bloemfontein.

Emily Hobhouse word onthou in Afrikaner geskiedenis as 'n heldin. Sy maak aan die wêreld die haglike omstandighede van die kampe bekend en is tot so mate suksesvol dat sy op een stadium verbied word om voet aan wal in SA te sit.

Boer women. Emily Hobhouse's report: "The women are wonderful. They cry very little and never complain. The very magnitude of their sufferings, their indignities, loss and anxiety seems to lift them beyond tears… only when it cuts afresh at them through their children do their feelings flash out."

Boer woman and children in a British concentration camp waiting for rations - Anglo Boer War

Personal recollections testify that there were beatings and kicking of "Undesirables" in the camps by the British soldiers. The British burned the homesteads, killed livestock and destroyed crops. Women and children of burghers in the field were labeled "Undesirables" treated much worse than those of men who had surrendered.

British Gallantry, a French criticism of the evils of a British concentration camp for Boer women and children, Boer War

Lord Kitchener. He regarded his "sweeps" as a sort of animal hunt to ". . . flush out guerrillas in a series of sytematic drives, organized like a sporting shoot, with success defined in a weekly 'bag' of killed, captured and wounded . . ."

Lord Kitchener was one of the most controversial British generals in the war. Kitchener took over control of British forces from Lord Roberts and was responsible for expanding the British response to the Boers guerrilla tactics.

The Brits used 4.8 inch naval guns to outreach the Boer's Mauser rifles.

The Brits used inch naval guns to outreach the Boer's Mauser rifles.

The world did know what was going on. The French, Dutch, Germans, and Russians were viciously critical of the British conduct of the war.

The French, Dutch, Germans, and Russians were viciously critical of the British conduct of the war.

My family were mostly "undesirables." I had two great-aunts who reportedly went insane in the cattle boxcars on their way to the camps.

My family were mostly "undesirables." I had two great-aunts who reportedly went insane in the cattle boxcars on their way to the camps.


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