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 thesemen 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, lyingin 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 honouredby 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
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…
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! https://wah.foundation/lesson/lesson-plan/
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
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!
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: http://www.jwire.com.au/uncle-boydie/
The Gandel Foundation, Melbourne has recently announced two scholarships in the name of William Cooper.
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.
“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!” https://youtu.be/koA7fpGxRgw