Far from home, close to home

In sharp contrast to Israeli Americans, most Israeli Australians don’t vote in Australian federal elections; we barely know the names of the candidates, let alone the issues of the day

By SHIRLEY ZAUER
November 2, 2017 17:13
4 minute read.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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About 12 years ago my husband and I visited Poland with an English-speaking group, whose purpose was to explore Jewish roots in the country. The itinerary was comprised of the usual mix of once-thriving communities before the Holocaust and the major concentration camps.

The 28-strong group was made up largely of ex-patriot Americans, one European, my husband and I who were from Australia, and an Israeli couple with good English. Out of the whole group only I, one American and the European had a direct connection to the Holocaust.

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