I never met Moshe Fiszman, but I have watched and studied a 9 minute video of Moshe and Uncle Boydie, produced by Viv Parry, which has greatly influenced me. This film will serve as an introduction to an inspiring global project being launched in Australia in August. See below.
The following is what Viv wrote for me this morning, the day Moshe was buried in Melbourne, Australia,
Moshe Fiszman passed away aged 97 May 13, 2019
Moshe Fiszman, at 17 years of age, was a young man who suddenly became the sole carer for his family in the ghetto at Radom, Poland.
For the next five years Moshe was interned as a slave labourer at five different Concentration camps including Auschwitz.
As Moshe would say “How I survived I will never know “. He did survive and went on to be a caring husband of his wife now 99 and a loving father to his two daughters.
Moshe gave his testimony on a regular basis to the Aboriginal men in drug and alcohol recovery as part of the program I devised to help these men learn about William Cooper and to witness a role model in Moshe, a man who survived against all the odds.
Moshe told of the day, lying in the snow with the last of the survivors after a final “Death“ march, he realised they were finally free; the Nazis had fled, fearing the advancing Russian Army.
Freedom after five and a half years meant no family, no country, no future. He wept for twenty four hours, then picked himself up and decided to go on. His mission was to search for any remaining family members.
Most importantly, though, his mission was to tell what really happened during the Holocaust, to make sure those who were murdered were honoured by his telling their story and to keep their memory alive.
Now it is Moshe’s story that must be kept alive. I am hopeful in my own small way, through my film Ties that Bind, Moshe’s story will inspire and will be shared, and it will honour his family and all those who perished, for generations to come.
May his name and his memory be as a blessing.
Ties That Bind
A short documentary conversation between Uncle Boydie (Alf Turner) – grandson of Indigenous activist William Cooper, and Moishe Fiszman – a Holocaust survivor … This movie was mad…
Filmed by Justin Olstein
Ties that Bind forms an important introduction to our WE ARE HERE! Project for Upstanders, starting in Australia in August 2019:
WE ARE HERE! For Upstanders
This program is sponsored by a cultural grant from the U.S. Department of State