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Traumatic childhood

WHEN Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, Sophia discovers the story behind her mother Helen’s miraculous wartime …

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Album helps feed the needy

JESSICA Chapnik Kahn never expected her music to provide more than 27,000 meals to people in need, but that’s what has happened for the Sydney-based singer-songwriter who is


Villagers unite in wartime rescue

IN December 1942, the Nazis decided the remote mountain village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in the Auvergne region of central-eastern France, would be the ideal place for convalescing German


Broadway double

EVER since singer-actress Alexis Fishman staged her musical Der Gelbe Stern (The Yellow Star) in Sydney in 2011, she has dreamed of bringing the story of a Jewish


Wartime drama in French Alps

MOVIE REVIEW by Don Perlgut. The new movie of the iconic French children’s story Belle and Sebastian has added a fascinating sub-theme of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis


Call of the wild

TEN years ago Israeli-born Ofer Levy, who had settled in Australia only two years earlier, decided to turn his love for photography into his profession. That decision has paid


Impresario to the stars

THE documentary film The Last Impresario looks at the life of British entertainment industry icon Michael White, and some of the stars who featured in more than 200


Warlow’s favourites from the stage

CONCERT REVIEW by Danny Gocs. Anthony Warlow felt very much at home as he strode onto the stage of Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne for his cabaret-style


Brundibar opera of hope

FOR the past 17 years, ethnomusicologist Dr Joseph Toltz has been researching the music of the Terezin ghetto (Theresienstadt) and the place of the Brundibar opera in the


Songs from the heart

SINGER-songwriter Rita Satch loves to create music based on her personal experiences of life. She has written and recorded five songs, based on events in her life, for her

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