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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.

Fink Launch

Book Launch: Leo and Mina Fink by Margaret Taft

The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Monash University Publishing are delighted to invite you to the launch of Leo and Mina Fink: For the Greater Good by Margaret Taft

To be launched by Michael Gawenda AM

‘An inspiring biography of a remarkable couple who dedicated their lives to restoring the forsaken and broken.’ Arnold Zable

‘This is a fascinating and inspirational Australian story.’ Books+Publishing

Dr Margaret TaftDr Margaret Taft is a research associate at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. For the past 12 years her research has focused on the reconstruction of Jewish immigrant life in pre-war and post-war 20th-century Australia. Her particular interest lies with the Yiddish speakers from Eastern Europe whose personal agency, leadership and cultural identity transformed what had been a predominantly Anglo Jewish community.
Margaret is an experienced author, teacher, lecturer and public speaker. Her publications include From Victim to Survivor: The Emergence and Development of the Holocaust Witness 1941–1949 and A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Community History Awards. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, her early years were spent in the culturally rich post-war immigrant community of Northcote.

Michael GawendaMichael Gawenda AM is one of Australia’s best-known journalists and authors. In a journalism career spanning four decades, Michael has been a political reporter, a foreign correspondent based in London and in Washington, a columnist, a feature writer, a senior editor at Time Magazine and the Editor and Editor in Chief of The Age in Melbourne from 1997 to 2004.
He has won numerous journalism awards including three Walkley awards, the Australian equivalent of the American Pulitzer prizes. Michael Gawenda was the inaugural Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and is now an honorary research fellow at the Centre.
His most recent book is The Powerbroker: Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish Life.

*Monash University continues to be guided by the health advice of the Victorian Government. All attendees must wear a face mask indoors in accordance with Victorian government requirements. Attendees must be fully vaccinated and need to show their vaccination status to the Covid Marshall on arrival.
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