Black Diggers

Black Diggers

by

Tom Wright

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South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Term Analysis

A commission formed after the end of apartheid (white supremacist rule) in South Africa, aimed to help the nation heal its divisions and create the foundation for a new, inclusive future. The commission’s unique structure and focus on restorative justice have turned it into a model for post-conflict restitution programs around the world. The author and first director of Black Diggers took the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s four-part conception of truth—as personal, social, forensic, and public—as inspiration for their own search for the truth of Indigenous experiences in World War One, through the archival stories they encountered.

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Quotes in Black Diggers

The Black Diggers quotes below are all either spoken by South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission or refer to South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Playlab edition of Black Diggers published in 2015.
Foreword Quotes

In post apartheid South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission there was a four-part definition of truth:

- Personal truth — the thing you believe to be true
- Social truth — what a group believe to be true through discussion and debate
- Forensic truth — the truth that can be proven through science and records
- Public truth — the value of telling the truth for the greater good

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Page Number: 4
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South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Foreword
Australian Nationhood and Indigenous Dispossession Theme Icon
History, Memory, and the Archive Theme Icon
In their extensive research, Enoch and author Tom Wright took after the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission ’s “four-part definition of truth,” encompassing personal, social, forensic, and public experiences and interests. Their... (full context)