Publication Date: Sep 2023
RRP: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922979155
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 256
Category: Australian History, Biography, Coming Soon, History

Survival and Sanctuary

Testimonies of the Holocaust and Life Beyond

Freda Hodge

This item will be released September 1, 2023

When Jewish survivors of the Holocaust arrived in Australia after World War II, they were filled with hope that they could build a new life. These survivors found themselves in a country not only blessedly far from the chaos of post-war Europe but also on the periphery of the political changes taking place in the West, such as the stirrings of a Cold War. Australia offered the peace so necessary to those who had been through unspeakable tragedy.

With their arrival, Australian Jewish communities would change dramatically. The survivors brought with them Yiddish, the lingua franca of East European Jewry, and their distinct European culture. A new era began as Jewish culture flourished and Jewish society developed in Australia.

Yet these survivors continued to live with their searing memories. They were appreciative of the sanctuary Australia offered, but their nightmares still haunted them. Many carried with them the scars of their traumatic experiences in the camps and in hiding from the Nazis. Some were unable to forge loving relationships with their children or spouses – whom they married to create a new family to replace those they may have lost – resulting in fraught family dynamics. Many were never fully free of the ghosts of their terrible suffering under German occupation.

Translated into English for the first time, these seven testimonies provide a window into the experiences of these survivors. Introduced by acclaimed Australian scholar Professor Paul Bartrop, Survival and Sanctuary is an exploration of the tension between hope and despair in the aftermath of war, and ultimately a demonstration of the power of the human will.

Freda Hodge

Freda Hodge is a translator who holds degrees in English, Linguistics and Jewish Studies, and has taught at universities and colleges in South Africa and Australia. Fluent in Yiddish and Hebrew, she works at the Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, conducting...
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