Pauline Podbrey

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The changes in South Africa after 1948 caused Podbrey and her family to leave South Africa in 1951. The legislation that prompted their move was the Suppression of Communism Act and the Mixed Marriages Act. The family moved to England, and from there to Budapest, Hungary, where the British Communist Party had found work for them at the Budapest Radio. In Hungary, they both became disillusioned with Stalinism and the Soviet Union. They left the Communist Party in 1954 and decided to return to London. Here Podbrey had to find work and raise a family under difficult conditions, as Naidoo had become very depressed after leaving the Communist Party. He passed away in 1970.

Last updated : 17-Feb-2011

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