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Thomas Holzinger

, South African educator and social activist, was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa, on 3 December 1931. His mother was Cecile Marie-Louise van Rensburg née Lagesse, the daughter of an Afrikaner mother and a French planter; his father was Peter Maxwell, an English-speaking South African whose family forbade him to marry Cecile. The boy Patrick spent much of his childhood in Pietermaritzburg in the care of his grandmother, Susanna Marie Largesse née Louwrens Her family had been forced into a British concentration camp following the Boer War a story that she often told A Catholic by marriage she raised Patrick in the Catholic Church as well Communication at home was conducted in a mixture of English French Afrikaans and Zulu Although poverty prevented him from attending college he threw himself into correspondence courses and earned a BA from the University of South Africa UNISA As he frequently ...