Past Reviews Index

"Unconditional Hate (Part 1)

Dr. George Halasz and Dr. Natan Kellerman. A conversation after the March of the Living 2005 visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp for the 60th year commemoration of the end of World War 2 prompted us to wonder yet again how it all could have happened. How could the German people do such things to the Jews? Did they really hate them so much?

Step Outside-Into Yourself: Ask the Unasked, Tell the Untold:
Reflections on the Intergenerational Dialogue Workshop

Dr. George Halasz discusses the outcomes of this year's Intergenerational Dialogue Workshop.

The MAUS that Roared

Dr. George Halasz discusses the work of cartoonist, Art Spiegelman.

"Remembrance and Reconciliation" - Dialogue between 3rd generation Germans and Jews with Amelia Klein by Pauline Rockman.

Amelia Klein, a PhD student with the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, recounts her life changing experience on the International Summer Program of the Holocaust. Twenty students, all in their 20’s: nine Germans, nine Americans, one Czech and Amelia as the sole Australian took part for one month in a unique program where these students were thrown together in a radically alternative approach to learning about the Holocaust and its legacy. Here we have the grandchildren of the survivors confronting the grandchildren of the perpetrators...

"Memories of growing up in a Holocaust Survivor family - why aren't they the same as my brother's/sister's?" - A panel discussion with Dr. George Halasz, Dr. Paul Valent and a collection of siblings.

A fascinating look into how children born into the same survivor family can how such different views/memories of their parents and upbringing.

"What Links The Generations?" - Dr. George Halasz, Friends of the March of the Living

How can we retain links between the generations in our culture, a culture that seduces us away from making contact with the past?

"God and the Holocaust" - Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, Vice-Principal and senior teacher at Bialik College in Hawthorn, and a renowned lecturer has developed a particular interest in the explanation provided by our philosophers and religious leaders as to where was God during the Holocaust.

Dr. Ruth Wajnryb & Dr. George Halasz talk about her book "The Silence"

Ruth Wajnryb's book, launched in June 2001, is a combination of her academic training and her biography. It is about Holocaust spoken narrative, "unspeakability" and "unhearability". It is profoundly a work for the second generation, an important book, in George's words, "a gift from a courageous explorer." It is also an important book for the child survivors who are very familiar with the difficulty of dialogue between the different generations, in Floris's words "a milestone book, a revelation."

Myer’s presentation recounted his journey to Poland and Prague. His talk was interspersed with video footage, slides and photos. It was a multi-media presentation - not surprising as Myer is a lecturer in photography and video production at the Photographic Imaging College in Hawthorn.

The SS Derna left from Marseilles in 1948 for a 3-month voyage. Diane came out on this boat as a 9 year old with her parents from Poland. The boat was overcrowded and in an appalling state. It was a floating United Nations with people from 15 countries. Many passengers were Holocaust survivors. Other passengers were allies of Germany and from the Baltic States, people from Displaced Persons camps, those who were fleeing communism, and those who had spent years in communist gulags in Siberia. All were hoping to find a safe haven in Australia.

A presentation from Sue Hampel and some of the students who participated in this year's March of the Living, the first time Australian students have participated in this event.

Dr. Halasz's talk operated on two levels, that of the physician on his professional journey via the conference in Cracow as well as the deeply personal journey of a second generation member tracing his mother's footsteps, leading him to her call block, in Auschwitz/Birkenau. Using an analogy of a ballet dancer pirouetting and the eye of the hurricane he drew the audience along with him.

Eric Kisch, a child survivor, talk about his experiences growing up in Shanghai.

Yvonne Fein, a talented local writer talked about her debut novel "April Fool" - a crime novel about a tough woman, April Taub, who eats, drinks, swears and loves far too much and not wisely. April works for an agency that hunts Nazi war criminals.

Esther Csaky, a founding member of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society provided a detailed presentation on the latest techniques for tracing your family history on the internet.

Theatre review of Descendants of the Shoah's own home grown highly successful show on growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors in Melbourne.

The four panel members spoke of their observations on the five day conference held in October 1999 - the Second International Conference on the Holocaust and Education, titled "The Memory of the Holocaust in the 21st Century - The Challenge for Education".

The three speakers were Sue Hampel from Mount Scopus College, Rob Devling from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School and Zandie Alter a former student and tutor from Monash University.

Diane Armstrong, author of the recently published book “Mosaic”, the story of five generations of her family, recounts the process she went through to write this fascinating account of her family and her own history as a child survivor.

A panel discussion with three medical professionals on the difficult issues that arise when one's survivor parents or relatives fall prey to various mental and physical conditions in their later years.

A panel discussion with three writers on how the Shoah might be perceived in the 21st century, particularly with reference to literature, history and film.

Community Commemoration for the 60th Anniversary of Krystallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass.

On Thursday 21st of August, Dr Michael Berenbaum, President and CEO of the the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in Los Angeles, was our honoured guest. Dr Berenbaum was in Australia to pay tribute to Survivors who had given testimonies and to the volunteers who collected them.

"To know nothing of before you were born is to always remain a child." (Cicero)

Anna Rosner Blay, daughter of "Schindler's List" survivors Helen and Leo Rosner, knew very little of her family's background until the release of Keneally's book and subsequently Spielberg's film. A member of Descendants of the Shoah Inc. for several years, she began to feel the growing need to explore her family's past and her own identity as a child of survivors.

On Sunday 19th of April we were very privileged to be addressed by a panel of three interviewers who volunteered to take testimonies for the Shoah Foundation – Dina Brustman, Christian Froelicher and Jason Walker.

Our last function on Sunday 1st of March was a sold out performance by actress, and playwright Naava Piatka, following two shows in Sydney and several shows in her home town - Cape Town.

Melbourne lawyer Henry Burstyner discusses his ongoing battle for survivors recovering their money from the Swiss Banks.

The tragic story of how up until not so long ago, Australian authorities stole Aboriginal children from their families 'for their own good'.

Ester Czaky a member of the Australian Jewish Genealogists Association discusses how second generation can research their family roots.

Eminent psychiatrist Dr. John Serry discusses the vicious cycle second generation are locked into with their survivor parents and how to break it.

A panel discussion about what the world has really learnt from the horror of the Holocaust, if it all.

Talks about growing as a child of survivors in Melbourne, Australia in the 1950's and the effect it had on her.

Writer Yvonne Fein talks about growing as a child of survivors in Melbourne, Australia in the 1950's and the effect it had on her work as a writer/editor.

A panel of Child Survivors who discuss their traumatic childhoods and how they went on to a new life in Australia.

Rosie Potaznik a member of Descendants of the Shoah discusses how the loss of our grandparents affected our generation.

A panel of painters and photographers and discuss how the Holocaust affected their work.

A panel of three survivors discuss how Jewish religious observances where upheld during the war years.

A panel of health professionals discuss the painful issue of how to cope with ageing survivor parents.

Ephraim Finch, head of the Chevra Kadisha discusses his commitment to the Jewish community of recording family histories for posterity.