Norma Kitson

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Member of Congress of Democrats and British Communist Party, member of the technical unit of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and founder of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group.

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa
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Norma Kitson (nee Cranko) was born to Jewish parents in 1933 in Berea, Durban. She was one of four children, and had an elder sister Joan and brother Ronnie and a younger brother, Mark. Her father was a chemist by training and was the president of the Point Yacht Club, as Jews were banned from the Royal Natal Yacht club. Her mother, Millie, came from a wealthy Polish family.

• Barron, C. (2002) “Norma Kitson: The Activist who started the anti-apartheid demonstration in Trafalgar Square” in The Sunday Times
• Kitson, N. (1987) Where Sixpence Lives. London: The Hogarth Press (including photo)
• Trewhela, P. (2002) “Norma Kitson: Jewish Anti-Apartheid Campaigner” in The Independent Obituaries, 14 June 2002 [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 July 2009] from

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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