By Mary Benson
The autobiography of Mary Benson, a white South African author recognized for her paintings opposed to apartheid, whose lifestyles illustrates a public and private drama. She describes her early years spent in Hollywood and her lifestyles as a committed employee againest apartheid.
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The exquisite Kinsky Palace became an officers' club, where Paul and I could find relief from the austerity of our head quarters. In a small circular ballroom lit by chandeliers, we waltzed hectically to the violins of a Viennese orchestra. ' And so our moods, like those of the city, swung between despair and happiness. One Sunday morning while we were having coffee - a bitter brew of acorns - in one of Vienna's famed coffee-houses, we noticed crowds gathering in the street. For a military parade?
In a small circular ballroom lit by chandeliers, we waltzed hectically to the violins of a Viennese orchestra. ' And so our moods, like those of the city, swung between despair and happiness. One Sunday morning while we were having coffee - a bitter brew of acorns - in one of Vienna's famed coffee-houses, we noticed crowds gathering in the street. For a military parade? we wondered, joining the throng. But no music sounded, nor marching feet. Suddenly from around a corner a brightly clad bicyclist flashed, followed by another and another -- a bicycle race.
While working for UNRRA it never occurred to me that millions of my fellow-citizens were treated like Displaced Persons in the country of their birth. When it came to racial prejudice I remained a typical white South African, little changed friom my nineteen-year-old self travelling by Greyhound bus friom Kansas City to Albuquerque and furious when a Negro had the 'cheek' to sit beside me. ape Town dis gusted by the sight of Maori officers dancing with white girls. Preparing to return to England, I considered the judge's abiding expectation - perhaps I should again try writing.