David Wirmark's Private Collection
Liberal politician and diplomat, during the 1970's a member of the board of Sida. Active within different liberal organizations in the anti-apartheid movement since the 1950s, i.e. for sanctions against South Africa. Established contacts between Oliver Tambo and the Social Democratic party at the beginning of the 1960s. As a member of the Swedish parliament during the 1970s he took part in the commission preparing the first law against Swedish investments in South Africa in 1979. He was the Swedish ambassador to Tanzania 1979-85 with i.a. current contacts with the OAU Liberation Committee. During his long engagement with southern Africa he made friends with a number of African liberation leaders including Joshua Nkomo, Oliver Tambo, Kenneth Kaunda, Thabo Mbeki among others. Today he is retired but still active in a liberal fund supporting developing countries.
In his archives can be found correspondence from the 1950s onwards, sporadic diary notes, manuscripts as well as several reports on assignments in Africa in the 1960s and speeches from his period as ambassador.
David Wirmark Sweden South Africa History Anti-apartheid movements Anti-racism movements OAU Liberation Committee Joshua Nkomo Oliver Tambo Kenneth Kaunda Thabo Mbeki