All posts tagged World War II

The Aussie who saved Shimon Peres’ dad from the Nazis

Chemi Peres (second left) with the children of Padre Rex Daker, Gwen Macdougal,
Joan Robinson and John Daker. Photo: Peter Haskin
IN the middle of World War II, Yitzhak Peres, the father of Israel’s immediate past president Shimon Peres, having enlisted with the British army, was captured by the Nazis. However, they didn’t know he was Jewish and thought he was a soldier from New Zealand.
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Szubanski’s serious side

ACTRESS Magda Szubanski will tell harrowing and inspiring tales of her family’s plight during World War II when she addresses a Courage to Care function next week.

The stamp.

Stamp of approval for Wallenberg

A MASS-circulation Australian postage stamp honouring Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who rescued tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews in the final months of World War II, is set to be issued next month, after a long personal campaign by Judi Schiff of Melbourne.

Alfons Goldmann (left) and Max Wassner.

Paying tribute to the Agia Zoni

On the eve of World War II, 459 Jewish refugees escaped Europe for Palestine on a ship called the Agia Zoni. The history of the voyage is not well-known; however, the Australian grandsons of two of its organisers aim to change that. Gareth Narunsky reports:

Perry Goldman travelled to Sydney in June 1943.

An appeal from florida

THE son of an American serviceman who spent a week in Sydney during World War II is seeking information about members of the local Jewish community that his father encountered.

Raoul Wallenberg

Wallenberg stamp gets green light

AUSTRALIA’S only honorary citizen, Raoul Wallenberg, will be recognised with a postage stamp.

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When the world stood up to Hitler

AS the world marked the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II this week, Jewish ex-servicemen recalled where they were when war broke out and what role they later played in history’s greatest ever conflagration, in which more than 60 million people died, including six million Jews in the Holocaust.

Capt John Harris Samuels

Hero’s medals go on display

THE NSW Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (NAJEX) is set to present a set of medals of a Jewish World War II hero to the Sydney Jewish Museum.


Holocaust horror with Hitchcock touch

FILMMAKER Alfred Hitchcock was known as the master of horror and carved a career out of exploring the darkest depths of the human mind. But there was one true-life atrocity


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 soldiers. Accordingly, […]