1. Lena Goldstein was a young Jewish woman who narrowly survived the holocaust of the Second World War. Her story is briefly told in ‘Earshot’, an ABC Radio National program produced by Irris Makler.
Irris: ‘At the end of the war, when Lena emerged from the underground basement in Warsaw, she was bent double. It took weeks to be able to stand straight. Lena says straightening out mentally took her longer. She married soon after the war. She met Oleg in Poland. When attacks against jews continued they left, and joined the flood of displaced people in Western Europe. They spent two years in a refugee camp. No-one wanted to take them, until in 1949 Australia said yes. On their first weekend in Sydney, Lena and her husband went down to the hear the speakers at the Domain.’
Lena: ‘Here we saw a lot of boxes and on each box there was somebody giving a speech. All the speeches were against something or somebody.’
‘For Lena the most surprising thing was the role of the police.’
‘He doesn’t arrest anybody. Nobody was being sent to a concentration camp or to a gulag. I couldn’t understand it. And then it came to me. That this was freedom.
We didn’t know it in Poland. We didn’t know it in Germany.
This was freedom.
And then I fell in love with this country, and the love lasts until today.’
2. Speakers by the truckloads! This week the passers-by were busy. All had something to say and said it well. Further, they handled the hecklers with a plum.
Here is a taste. A fiery Annette lets her feelings about war be known.
Peter AND Annette
In this video, Peter and Annette criticise the governments’ role in education. On their own these two are fiery enough. Together they are formidable combination. Resistance is futile.