75th Anniversary of the Partisan Song

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We are planning a series of worldwide events leading  up to the 75th anniversary of the Partisan Song next April.

This 4 minute interview with Phillip Maisel below highlights the importance of the Partisan Song, and the role of our youth in keeping alive the legacy of Hirsh Glik’s poem of hope!

Phillip, 95, was a friend of  Hirsh Glik, and one of the first to hear this poem recited in the Vilna Gheto in 1943

I visited the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne: www.jhc.org.au

and Mount Scopus Memorial College: www.scopus.vic.edu.au

where I presented my Partisan Poem and Song Project to leading Jewish educationalists and oulines the plans leading up to Yom Hashoah.

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At the Jewish Holocaust Centre

With Sue Hampel, Ricki Mainzer, Anne Gawenda, Edwin Glasenberg, Phillip Maisel & Freydi Mrocki
With Sue Hampel, Ricki Mainzer, Anne Gawenda, Michael Cohen, Phillip Maisel & Freydi Mrocki

My presentation (slides):


JHC Slides – Google Drive

The videos are mostly here –  http://elirab.me/timeline/

With Ely Segal

With Amanda Castelan-Starr, the Jewish Studies Curriculum Co-ordinator

This is the full 27 minute interview with Phillip:

Freydi Mrocki reciting the Partisan poem at the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Video: Emmanuel T Santos.

New resources found in the NYPL

Reprinted from Radical Yiddish with permission of Joel Schechter.

Yuri Suhl Article from 1953 – a must read!

More details on the program to follow!


Alli Passes On

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Alli Bak Itzkowitz – The last of her generation


A month after I met Alli Bak Itzkowitz for the first time, she passed away.

Alli was my mother Raele (Ray) Zeldin Rabinowitz’s first cousin.

They never met!

When Alli and I met in North Dallas in July, we shared stories, laughed, held hands and exchanged Yiddish rhymes

Here are photos from my visit:

A family dinner held on 20 July 2017

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Part of the Zeldin family tree that Marny printed.

Alli and her son Gene


From my previous post

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Meet Alli Bak Itzkowitz

A young Alli


Here is my relationship chart to Alli, my mother’s first cousin and the last of her ZELDIN generation. They never met.

Allis’ paternal Bak grandparents – Leib and Naomi


Alli’s dad, Avram Bak
Alli and her late husband Julius
Alli’s sister Luba & husband Jasha
Alli’s family. The mother Sonia in the front
Alli’s family in Memel, Lithuania
Alli, Morris Back and Harry Bock
My mum, Ray and my grandfather Socher Zeldin
Back of the photo
Gene & Vicki with their daughter, Marny and her husband Cody

Alli is a Holocaust Survivor and has  her  testimony recorded  at USHMM as well as the Spielberg Foundation.

The USHMM link is here:

Oral history interview with Alli Itzkowitz – Collections Search – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Source: collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn506601

My Dallas Visit

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My thanks go out to my second cousin, Gene Itzkowitz and his wife Vicki for being such great hosts during my first visit to Dallas.

I met Gene’s mother, Alli Itzkowitz, my mother’s last surviving cousin. Sadly, Alli passed away a few weeks later on 20 August 2017.

I also met my second cousins Steven, Lawrence and David Bock and the extended Bock and Itzkowitz families.

My visit to Southfork Ranch

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Dallas (1978 TV series)

Dallas (1978 TV series) – Wikipedia

Dallas is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. The series originally focused on the marriage of Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes, whose families were sworn enemies with each other. As the series progressed, oil tycoon J. R. Ewing became the show’s breakout character, whose schemes and dirty business became the show’s trademark.[1] When the show ended in May 1991, J.R. was the only character to have appeared in every episode.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_(1978_TV_series)

My visit to Cabela’s.

Quite normal in Texas, scary elsewhere!

Cabela’s Inc. is an American direct marketer and specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, boating, camping, shooting, and related outdoor recreation merchandise, based in Sidney, Nebraska. The company was founded by Richard N. Cabela in 1961 and went public in 2004, with that fiscal year’s revenue reaching $1.56 billion, a 50% growth since 2001.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabela’s

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J.F. Kennedy’s Assassination Site And Museum

With cousins Gene Itzkowitz and Steven Bock.

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Texas School Book Depository – Wikipedia

The Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Dallas County Administration Building, is a seven-floor building facing Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, United States. The building is most notable as the vantage point of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. An employee, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot and killed Kennedy from a sixth floor window on the building’s southeastern corner. The structure is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. It is located at 411 Elm Street on the northwest corner of Elm and North Houston Streets, at the western end of downtown Dallas.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_School_Book_Depository

The Dallas Holocaust Museum

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Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance – Wikipedia


Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Cousin Steven Bock is a volunteer at the Perot Science Museum.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Source: www.perotmuseum.org

George W. Bush Presidential Center

with Vicki and Gene


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George W. Bush Presidential Center – Wikipedia

43rd President of the United States

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_Presidential_Center

My first Texas BBQ

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Yummy Henry’s

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Family Photos

with Alli

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Gene & Vicki with their daughter, Marny and her husband Cody
With Marny and the Zeldin Family Tree


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On The Road

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