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Mayo Clinic doctor remembers Mandela


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- People across the globe paused Tuesday to remember the life of Nelson Mandela, including one Mayo Clinic doctor with a special connection to the anti-apartheid hero.

Mayo Clinic's Michael H. Silber was living and studying in Capetown during the time that Mandela was imprisoned. 

Dr. Silber reflected on his own memories of the man who has been called a "Hero for Humanity" by the South African people. 

"All those years that he was imprisoned, living in Capetown, we could see Robin Island across the bay, but he was an unknown figure. We were not allowed to have any pictures of him, it was illegal to even have a picture of him. We never knew what his voice sounded like," said Dr. Silber. 

Dr. Silber moved to Rochester in 1991, the same year Nelson Mandela was released from prison. 


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