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The Princess Christian Home Bookshop (Pretoria) donated a valuable book to our library, entitled “Woman’s Endurance”. It is the journal of a chaplain stationed at Bethulie concentration camp in 1901. The book – still in its original binding – was published in 1904 by the Boer Relief Committee to raise funds for the Bethulie orphanage. The text was translated into English from the original Dutch. On 26 September 1901, the chaplain writes: “Old story again; supply boards for coffins stopped, and now there is pitiful cry of those who seek wood to make coffins for departed ones … Early this afternoon another man came to see me in great distress; also no wood for coffin. It does seem so bitterly hard.”

The Princess Christian Home Bookshop in Pretoria is run by volunteers and all funds raised are allocated to the Princess Christian Home’s special projects. The bookshop stocks a wide variety of good quality second-hand books, which range from non-fiction to popular fiction and collectable books. The bookshop is open three mornings a week and holds a monthly sale on the last Saturday of every month. Visit their website for more information: www.pchbookshop.co.za.

Annie Antonites (HF Senior Researcher) accepted the book in the HF Library, with Ms. Pat Dennis (PCH Bookshop, right) and Dr. Eunice Basson (middle), who assisted PCH with the donation.

Annie Antonites (HF Senior Researcher) accepted the book in the HF Library, with Ms. Pat Dennis (PCH Bookshop, right) and Dr. Eunice Basson (middle), who assisted PCH with the donation.

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