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May 2019 Booklist

 

Welcome to the Library’s May Booklist

Life Stories of Interest

The story of Victor Smorgon : living the dream / by Rod Myer (2000) [338.092].
 
“The story from humble beginnings as the son on a Ukrainian butcher to becoming one of Australia’s leading industrialists and patriarch of the well-known Smorgon family business”. – Book Cover.
 

Marc Chagall : a biography / by Sidney Alexander (1978) [757.7] 
 
“Chagall’s long and dramatic life is traced from his early years in Czarist Russia and includes his numerous voyages and intimate relationships with leading figures in the world of art, literature and theatre”.—Book cover.
 
 
Weizmann : his life and times / by H.M. Blumberg (1975) [956.940010924]
 
“This centenary portrait of Chaim Weizmann and his world is part album, part autobiography and part history”. – Book cover.
 
 
Diamonds & demons : the Joseph Gutnick story / by David Bernstein (2000) [994.06092].
 
“Tells the story of his family background, schooling at Yeshivah College in Melbourne, rabbinical studies in New York, success in the mining industry, his philanthropy, religious beliefs, political involvement and role in the Melbourne Football Club: - Book Cover.
 

Maestro John Monash : Australian’s greatest citizen general/ by Tim Fisher (2014) [355.009].
 
“This book is an excellent examination, based on new material, of the contribution of John Monash, warts and all, to Australia and the world”. – Book Review
 
 
A cork on the waves : reflections of a turbulent life / by Halina Robinson (2006) [943.8092].
 
Ms Robinson was born in Poland and spent several years in hiding and survived thanks to help from a number of brave Polish families. This book recounts her story of survival and life in Poland after WWII. She left Poland for Israel in 1967 and moved to Australia in 1961”. – Publisher’s Note
 
 
Australia made me – but which Australia is mine by Eugene Kamenka (1993) [199.94092].
 
“Eugene Kamenka (4 March 1928-19 January 1994) was an Australian political philosopher and Marxist scholar. He was head of the History of Ideas Unit at the Australian National University in Canberra” – Wikipedia.
 
 
 
The Nazi’s Officer’s Wife / by Edith Hahn (2001) [199.94092].
 
“Ms Hahn survived the Nazi takeover of Austria through luck, unexpected kindnesses and ingenuity. The title is misleading since she did not marry the Nazi officer and her ‘marriage’ was only one of the many factors that kept her alive and under the radar throughout out the war”. Publisher’s Note.
 
This book came up in discussion as a possible title for our book club. I have recently read it and would recommend it for our readers—Leonie Webb.
 
 
Richard Pratt : out of the box : the secrets of an Australian billionaire / by James Kirby and Rod Myer (2009) [338.4367].
 
“Richard Pratt was one of Australia’s most successful, formidable and charismatic businessmen. From humble beginnings in Poland to the heights of global business success tainted by the humiliating price-fixing scandal that earned Visy the largest corporate fine in Australian history”. – Book Cover.
 
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Night / by Elie Wiesel (1960)[940.5318]
 
“A work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity, reflected in the inversion of the parent–child relationship, as his father declines to a helpless state and Wiesel becomes his resentful teenage caregiver. "If only I could get rid of this dead weight ... Immediately I felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever." -- Wikipedia
 
 
Crossroads : The memoirs of Sidney Sernack ‘The Man for your Wardrobe’ as narrated to Linda Bermeister / by Sidney Sernack (2014) [338.092].
 
“The title of my book – Crossroads – my memoirs – takes its origin from my dictionary which describes a crossroad as ‘a critical point in one’s life’, there have been many crossroads and this book has been narrated so that each part captures a critical point of my journey”. – Author’s Note.
 
 
Not a bowl of chicken soup : memoirs of a Jewish Confucian / by Donald Leslie (2003) [296.092].
 
Dr Leslie was a Research Fellow Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1958-1960; Australian National University, Canberra, 1963-1970; Associate professor Tel-Aviv University, 1970-1971; Senior lecturer history Canberra College Advanced Education, 1972-1987 and a Visiting Fellow Pacific and Asian history Australian National University, Canberra, since 1988.
 
 
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