Nelson Mandela Foundation


Lucia Raadschelders.

It is with great sadness that the Foundation has learnt of the passing away of one of its seasoned archivists, Lucia Raadschelders. Raadschelders had been battling cancer for several years, with characteristic courage and determination.

Raadschelders was a versatile member of the Foundation’s archives team for the best part of the decade. Her speciality was photo collections, and over the years she won enormous respect from photographers, publishers, exhibition curators and other stakeholders. “We will miss her professionalism,” said Director of Dialogue and Archives Verne Harris. “She brought to her work rich life experiences in support of social justice,” he added.

Raadschelders was a member of the Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement for many years before working for the African National Congress, running safe houses in Swaziland and Zambia. She participated in Operation Vula, among other political activities, during the struggle for liberation of South Africa.

“Some of us got to know her in the 1990s and early 2000s when she worked for Atlantic Philanthropies and supported small NGOs and CBOs in continuing struggles for justice,” said Harris as he recollected moments with Raadschelders.

In later years Raadschelders was a dedicated archival volunteer at GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action). The Foundation will announce plans to remember her excellent work.

We have lost a comrade. May she rest in peace. Hamba kahle.

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