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Sunday, August 28 • 10:00am - 11:00am
I’m still here: Survivors speak

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Three survivors share three different experiences of one of the 20th century’s most cataclysmic events, the Holocaust. Baba Schwartz tells her story for the very first time, about a happy childhood in Hungary before suffering the horrors of Auschwitz. Also from Hungary is Frank Vajda, who was saved by the intervention of Raoul Wallenberg. And Marcel Weyland, saved by a Sugihara visa, flees Lodz with his family to find refuge in Shanghai. As the passing of time robs us of the opportunity to hear from survivors first-hand, it is more important than ever to hear their stories.

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Rita Nash

Before retiring from paid work Rita managed an independent bookshop for 13 years. Prior to that she was a teacher and teacher-librarian in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions during which she published numerous professional articles and presented many conference and seminar papers. She described the process of coming to terms with her Holocaust background in her story ‘The Last Barrier’ which was published in Children of... Read More →

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Baba Schwartz

Baba Schwartz’s story began before the Holocaust could have been imagined enjoying life as a spirited girl in a warm and loving Jewish family . This idyll was shattered in 1944 when the Nazis transported the 3000 Jews of her town to Auschwitz. Her father died in the gas chambers but her mother and her two sisters survived, eventually escaping the final death march to be liberated by the  Russian army. Her book The May Beetles was... Read More →
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Frank Vajda

Frank Vajda,  AM, Officer 1st Class Royal Order of Polar Star (Sweden), MD FRCP FRACP, is a consultant neurologist, a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and the Director of the Australian Pregnancy Register of Antiepileptic Drugs. He is also the International Ambassador for Epilepsy, a member of the International Pregnancy Register Board and Past President of Epilepsy Society of Australia. As well as being head of the Free... Read More →
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Marcel Weyland

Marcel escaped war-time Poland in 1940 and arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1946. He is an architect with a law degree, and is an interpreter and renowned translator of Polish poetry.  Marcel has lectured and given readings extensively in London, Poland, Lithuania, New Zealand and throughout Australia, and has been invited to three successive International Congresses of Translators held in Krakow, Poland. He has been awarded the Order of... Read More →

Sunday August 28, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022