Moshe Fiszman

 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.
Viv Parry
Melbourne, Australia

Ties That Bind

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

WE ARE HERE! For Upstanders


This program is sponsored by a cultural grant from the U.S. Department of State

WE ARE HERE! Global Program For Upstanders

WE ARE HERE! for Upstanders is a global program that promotes universal human rights and inclusive development. We are headquartered in Perth, Australia.

Using the stories of the Jewish Partisans, WE ARE HERE! seeks to inspire in young people the confidence and ability to stand up in the face of prejudice and oppression.

The website: 

This program is sponsored by a cultural grant from the U.S. Department of State.



J-Wire Australia

The Partisans’ Song in Noongar: 


More details on our website:

Holocaust educator and specialist Nance Adler of Seattle, Washington will visit Australia in August 2019. Nance will present to teachers, students and community leaders involved in education. We will also run workshops.

Nance’s Partisans’ Project and Lesson Plan have already been translated by our global team into Russian, Lithuanian, German, Polish and Spanish, and are available for free!

Professor Lynne Cohen, recently retired vice-chancellor of ECU – Edith Cowan University, has joined our project team. Lynne was also Head of the ECU School of Education in Western Australia

Our international team of educators and collaborators:

Through our network of global collaborators, there are now 27 language translations of the Partisans’ Song. The Partisans’ Song portal:  


Recently we arranged translations into Aboriginal Noongar, Arabic and Xhosa, and soon in Zulu, Mongolian and Ladino.

The Partisans’ Song will be sung in Noongar in July at Ellenbrook Senior High School, with planned national media coverage of this World Premiere! 

William Cooper

There is a strong theme connecting the Jewish Partisans and William Cooper, the Aboriginal leader who attempted to deliver his protest to the Nazi consulate in Melbourne on 6 December 1938, just after Kristallnacht. William’s petition was eventually accepted by Germany in 2017:

The Gandel Foundation, Melbourne has recently announced two scholarships in the name of William Cooper.

Uncle Boydie and Moshe Fiszman

Our Melbourne educator, Viv Parry, produced a movie, Ties That Bind, in 2017. Read more:

This powerful nine minute documentary film features Uncle Boydie, grandson of William Cooper, and Moshe Fiszman, a Holocaust survivor.

Ties That Bind is now part of the USHMM’s – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (in Washington) presentation.

We are writing a lesson plan for this documentary. This will be freely available to teachers and students around the world.

Our North Queensland collaborator, Barbara Miller, has written the book: William Cooper – Gentle Warrior 

William Cooper, Gentle Warrior

We are also expanding our global online collaboration classes with World ORT and other schools. World ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organisation. Several lesson plans will be offered to a global audience.

ORT students recite Zog Nit Keynmol for Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Partisans’ Song in English recited for us by Freydi Mrocki:

Our project features in a documentary on South African National Television in 2018:

Kristallnacht Cantata

The Kristallnacht Cantata by Ron Jontof-Hutter of Melbourne and Israeli composer, Alon Trigger.  Here is a 6 minute promo video: The full work will be about 35 minutes. This is based on this story of Ron’s grandfather, Otto Jontof-Hutter, and William Cooper:  Otto and William never met or even knew of each other’s existence!

Several orchestras around the world have shown a strong interest in performing the work. 

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Eli Rabinowitz: bio

About Me

Projects For Your School:

Learn The Partisans’ Song

Recite or sing the Partisans’ Song in your home tongue, or in a language you have learnt. Make a video, which can be as creative as you wish or just a simple recording. 

The Power Of Words

The background and context

The ‘Partisans’ Song’ – Zog Nit Keyn Mol – written by Hirsch Glik, 22, in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943, is one of the most powerful songs of resistance and defiance ever written.

Today, 75 years on, long after the demise of Hitler’s murderous regime, the partisans’ song is now sung worldwide to mark the Jewish spirit of resistance.

Words – Michael Cohen, Melbourne MC – Freydi Mrocki


“Zog nit keyn mol, az du geyst dem letstn veg…….Never say that you have reached the end of the road……

Mir zaynen do! WE ARE HERE!

“This says that although it looks like the last moments of the life of the Jewish people, it is not, and where the blood was shed, will begin a new, a heroic and a wonderful Jewish life!”

(Quote: Cantor H Fox, LA)

Beis Aharon School, Pinsk, Belarus

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