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Survival and Sanctuary event

Book Launch: Survival and Sanctuary: Testimonies of the Holocaust and Life Beyond

Please join Freda Hodge and acclaimed scholar Professor Emeritus Paul Bartrop for the book launch of Survival and Sanctuary: Testimonies of the Holocaust and Life Beyond, at the Melbourne Holocaust Museum (MHM). 

Translated into English for the first time, Survival and Sanctuary provides a window into the experiences of survivors through seven testimonies. The book 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.

Come along to this event, to hear about the process of creating this detailed account from from translator Freda Hodge and launcher Paul Bartrop.

Published by Monash University Publishing Survival and Sanctuary will be available for purchase at the event.

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 worked at the Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, conducting interviews with survivors and families. Her previous book is Tragedy and Trauma: Early Testimonies of Jewish Survivors of World War II.

Paul Bartrop is a multi-award-winning scholar of the Holocaust and genocide. Until December 2020 he was Professor of History and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Research at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, where he is now Professor Emeritus of History. He is also a Principal Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne. Across a varied career, he has held numerous other positions including as Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales Canberra, and as Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University, New Jersey. He also taught for several years at the University of South Australia, at Magill and Underdale.
In 2022 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the United Kingdom. He  is a former Vice-President of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association in the United States and is a Past President of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies.

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