Nelson Mandela

Age 13

112 pages

138 x 220 mm


  • Children's Nonfiction Biography

Christian Nürnberger, Stephan Kaußen, Irmela Schautz

Nelson Mandela

In his portrait, Christian Nürnberger has impressively shown how the unpolitical student turned into a pioneer recognised all over the world fighting for a democratic and free society and finally even became the first President of South Africa.

The renowned journalist Dr. Stephan Kaußen, who lives in South Africa, also takes a look at Mandela's political heritage and the current situation of the people in the country. How do things stand with equality and freedom in South Africa today?

"If you are being suppressed, exploited, discriminated and wilfully refused entry to any form of education because your skin is the wrong colour, then the normal thing would be to hate your oppressors. If you therefore stand up, openly oppose them and they throw you into a prison cell smaller than a dog kennel, it would be even more normal to hate these people. But Nelson Mandela, who went through all this, did not hate his oppressors. And when – after 27 years! – he was let out of prison, he reached out his hand to them in reconciliation. That is certainly not normal and therefore the absolutely admirable and great thing about this personality. People like Nelson Mandela help humankind progress. That is why their story must be told." Christian Nürnberger

"If you compare the South Africa of 20 years ago with now, you will wonder what has happened to the dawning of a better future. Economically, many South Africans are doing well, a lot more are doing very badly. A new elite became wealthy – and forgot where they had come from. Political freedom yes, but the equal opportunities Mandela had hoped for? This is a plea for a truly plural society that could have set an example to the whole world but has not yet used its potential." Stephan Kaußen


  • By Spiegel bestselling writer Christian Nürnberger
  • The must-have on the occasion of Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday
  • Impressively illustrated by Irmela Schautz