Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #425) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #425)
Transcript: I operated from Johannesburg keeping to my den during the day and becoming active at night. Although I liked the company of friends, chatting with people and playing games, I like privacy even more. I welcome the opportunity to be alone and never have enough time to do all the little things my heart desires. Sports and company are only forms of recreation and activity which make my private work more enjoyable. But now that I was underground I suddenly found that I had too much privacy and really missed the family, company and the gym where I could completely relax and it required a lot of self discipline to keep to the routine demanded by my new style of life.
I spent a lot of time preparing myself for the hew phase, reading as extensively as I could all the available literature on armed warfare with particular emphasis on guerrilla warfare in Europe, Asia and Latin America and tried to acquaint myself with its problems. I read the report of Blas Roca, general secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba which covered the 8 years of its history as an illegal organisation under Batista. His account of the Cuban Revolution written by a leader of a party that had taken part in that revolution, sounded more authoratative than the "Anatomy of a Revolution" by Huberman and Sweezy. He made the interesting point that the significance of Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution lay in the fact that while the CP did not realise that the moment of revolution had come, Fidel was able to see and seize it. From the constructive manner in which Blas Roca criticised Fidel and predicted the bright future of Cuba under his rule it became clear that the 26th July movement and the CP were working closely with each other. (Check Blas's report and check the Spanish title for the CP). There was little material on the subject as far as armed struggle
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