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Exciting New Book – Shattered Lives Broken Dreams

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The paperback version of the book was launched to a large group at the Sydney Jewish Museum on 2.2.20 and was well received.

This is one of those rare holocaust stories of resistance to the holocaust by Australian Aborigines – a world away from the fray. They were not even citizens in their own land but, after Kristallnacht, made a brave stand. William Cooper led the Australian Aborigines’ League in a protest against Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, recognised as the start of the Holocaust. They protested the “cruel persecution of the Jews” by marching to the German Consulate in Melbourne on 6 December 1938 three weeks after the 9-10 November pogrom in Germany, Austria and Sudetenland that saw 91 Jews killed, Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues destroyed with shattered glass or fire. About 30,00 Jews were sent to concentration camps.

This book follows how the story was lost to history and then found with William Cooper being honoured in many ways by Jews in Australia and at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel. His family has carried on his legacy and the story covers his family’s trip to Israel and Berlin in 2017 to continue his work. Of holocaust books, it has a twist. Aboriginal William Cooper was a noted civil rights leader for his people but the only protest march he led was for the Jews. Read this inspiriting story.

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William Cooper led the Australian Aborigines’ League in a protest against Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, recognised as the start of the Holocaust. They protested the “cruel persecution of the Jews” by marching to the German Consulate in Melbourne on 6 December 1938 three weeks after the 9-10 November pogrom in Germany, Austria and Sudetenland that saw 91 Jews killed, Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues destroyed with shattered glass or fire. About 30,00 Jews were sent to concentration camps.

This book follows how the story was lost to history and then found with William Cooper being honoured in many ways by Jews in Australia and at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel. His family has carried on his legacy and the story covers his family’s trip to Israel and Berlin in 2017 to continue his work. William Cooper was an Aboriginal man of the Yorta Yorta Nation and did ground-breaking work for the “uplift”, as he called it, of his people but the only protest march he led was for the Jews and this was while he was not a citizen of his own land and could not vote. It is truly an inspiriting story.

Photo – Outside the 1938 site of the German Consulate Melbourne where William Cooper and the Australian Aborigines’ League protested Kristallnacht. This 2012 photo shows the historic re-enactment with the Hon German Consul this time receiving the letter of protest.
Book Launch Sydney Jewish Museum 2.30 pm 2 February 2020 of Shattered Lives Broken Dreams and White Australia Has A Black History – William Cooper Gentle Warrior Series No 2 and No 1 respectively.
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White Australia Has A Black History is available as a paperback from my website and I would love you to review it on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

The link to the book on Amazon is – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X1MYCDX

The link to the book on Goodreads is https://www.goodreads.com/review/new/47942441-white-australia-has-a-black-history

Shattered Lives Broken Dreams has not yet gone to the printer and is not yet available on Amazon.

David Jack interviewing Barbara on J-Air (Jewish Radio) in Melbourne on 4 Dec 19 with Maurice Klein working the desk. The topic was Kristallnacht and William Cooper. It was on the Beersheba Vision program run by Peter Kentley. Use this link to listen to the interview


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The Richmond Football Club Melbourne and the William Cooper Legacy Project convened by Abe Schwarz hosted a seminar and dinner on 5 Dec 19. It announced a new William Cooper Centre which will integrate sport, culture and diversity as the home to the Korin Gamadji Institute emerging Indigenous leaders program, the Bachar Houli Academy, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) and women’s and community football. 

There were four speakers at the seminar – Barbara Miller, biographer of William Cooper, Mike Zervos CEO Courage to Care, a teacher from Parkdale College called Natalie Baker and Eli Rabinowitz, founder, the WE ARE HERE Project. Nola Kelly, the great-granddaughter of William Cooper, Leonie Drummond, Uncle Boydie’s daughter, shared briefly. Barbara is pictured speaking. A mural of the Tigers AFL players on the wall.

On 6 Dec 19, the 81st anniversary of the 1938 AAL protest, Monash University launched the William Cooper Institute. The Gandel family’s philanthropy made the centre possible. Stirring speeches were made by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, Mr Ken Wyatt, Chancellor Simon McKeon, the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Jacinta Elston, Dr John Gandel AC, and Leonie Drummond, Uncle Boydie’s daughter.

Minister Ken Wyatt said that William Cooper cut a pathway for people to follow and showed bravery in the face of opposition. He said William Cooper stepped out and left footsteps in the sand to follow. He said he had recently returned from Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a speech, had paid tribute to William Cooper.

The Kristallnacht Cantata: A Voice of Courage held its world premiere on 8 December at Temple Beth Israel St. Kilda, Melbourne. The strident music of the orchestra conveyed the build-up to the Night of the Broken Glass and the shattering of glass and lives that took place. A tribute to William Cooper, the Cantata imagined a moving duet between Cooper and Otto Jontof-Hutter who was arrested in Stuttgart during Kristallnacht along with thousands of other Jews.

Otto’s grandson, world-famous violinist Ron Jontof-Hutter, active in the Berlin-based World Doctors Orchestra but living in Melbourne, conceived the Cantata. An Israeli composer living in Melbourne, Alon Trigger, collaborated with Ron as the lyricist and world-famous conductor Dr David Kram, as musical director, to put the Cantata together.

The event was held in Temple Beth Israel synagogue and Barbara was asked to read a scripture and she chose Isaiah 62:1-7. There was a beautiful performance by the Yeng Gali Mullum Indigenous Choir.

William Cooper Book Launch at SJM

2 Feb 2:30pm 2020

Come along to Barbara’s launch for her new book ‘White Australia Has a Black History‘ and her very latest book ‘Shattered Lives Broken Dreams‘, on the 2nd of February 2020 at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

 Barbara would love to see you there!

Where: Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

When: Sunday 2 February, 2.30pm, 2020

Event Link: https://sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au/shop/events/talk/book-launch-white-australia-has-a-black-history-by-barbara-miller/ 

 

Book Launch: ‘White Australia Has A Black History’ by Barbara Miller

Author Talk at LAMM Library and New Book Gift Give-Away

3 Dec 7:30pm 2019

Author Barbara Miller is giving a talk at the LAMM Jewish Library of Australia in the first week of December. Come and hear her speak on her William Cooper books and the Holocaust.

Where: Lamm Jewish Library of Australia: 304 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield South, Victoria
When: 7:30pm, Tuesday 3rd December
Bookings: 92725611
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Barbara will have a give-away of chapter one with a cover photo of her soon coming book ‘Shattered Lives Broken Dreams: William Cooper and Australian Aborigines Protest Holocaust

We hope to see you there!

William Cooper special Kristallnacht Cantata Event and New Book Gift Give-Away

8 Dec 2019


If you can get there, go to the wonderfully creative Kristallnacht Cantata in Melbourne on 8 Dec where you will hear world-class musicians and singers and hear an imagined duet between Aboriginal William Cooper and Kristallnacht survivor Otto Jontof-Hutter. If you can’t make it, consider donating to this worthy cause. Anything above the production costs will go to the Aboriginal group Mullum Mullum Gathering Place -they need repairs to their building- and also accommodation for the homeless. The Mullum Mullum Yeng Gali Choir will be singing in the first half-and invited Otto’s grandson Ron to play Amazing Grace with them. The link to donate is https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/kristallnacht-cantata/ 

Barbara will have a special promotion for her book White Australia Has A Black History: William Cooper and First Nations Peoples’ Political Activism available at the Kristallnacht Cantata Melbourne, on the night of Dec 8; with $5 for each book sold going to the Kristallnacht Cantata.

Barbara will also have a give-away of chapter one with a cover photo of her soon coming book Shattered Lives Broken Dreams: William Cooper and Australian Aborigines Protest Holocaust.

We hope to see you there!

Book Launch Success – White Australia has a Black Heart

A successful book launch was held in Cairns with a stimulating PowerPoint delivery by the author, live entertainment, a diverse audience, lively discussion, enjoyable food and the moving song “Yorta Yorta Man” by Jimmy Little to entertain us. William Cooper was a Yorta Yorta man as were many others in the book.


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New Book ‘White Australia Has a Black History’ Out Now on Amazon

Barbara Miller’s new book ‘White Australia Has A Black History: William Cooper And First Nations Peoples’ Political Activism (William Cooper Gentle Warrior Book 1)‘ is out now and available for Kindle or as a Paperback on Amazon!



This Is not your typical Australian History book or biography. Behind the dominant story is the black history of white Australia as seen through the eyes and life of William Cooper and other First Nations People.

Let me Introduce you to William Cooper, a pioneer of the Aboriginal movement for basic human rights who shaped Australia’s political activism.

How much do you really know about William Cooper? He was a leader in political activism for basic human rights who stood up for Australian Aborigines. He also led Aborigines in a protest march to the German…

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Barbara often found herself using the Aussie saying, “the stork dropped me at the wrong house” only to find she was repeating her mother’s words. In this riveting historical memoir exploring race relations and social change, Aboriginal elder Burnum Burnum, told her, “you may be white but you have a black heart, as you understand my people and feel our heart.” He suggested to IDA that she take on the Mapoon Aborigines project and she was pivotal to helping them move back to their land after they had been forced off to make way for mining.

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This is a highly engaging and inspiring memoir. At its centre is the story of Mapoon which has all the elements of a great drama with the violent expulsion of the community in 1963 and their triumphant return eleven years later. As the author explains she came almost by chance to be at the very centre of the drama which in turn dramatically changed her life. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in political and social change over the last 50 years.

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“If I Survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp.

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This is a truly beautiful collaboration between the author and her subject, who have together produced an invaluable documentation of a unique, moving, life story set against the backdrop of one of the darkest moments in human history.  To read “If I Survive” is to meet a remarkable person and to be touched by her intense humanity in an inhuman world.

Jeremy Jones AM, former President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Director, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

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Did the deep north of Australia experience racism, discrimination and segregation? Yes. But it was different from the deep south of the USA. A system similar to South African apartheid existed on Aboriginal reserves like Yarrabah in Queensland till as recently as 1984. This book is unique in that Australian Aborigines themselves tell their story of living under legal discrimination on reserves and discusses their aspirations for self-determination, local government, human rights and land rights with a view to end racism.

Review 
It is entirely appropriate that Barbara Miller is the one to write an update on Yarrabah’s efforts at self-determination and land rights, as she does not just stand on the sideline and cheer us on. She often jumps into the fray herself. 

No doubt many people who were or still are involved in some degree in the push for Aboriginal social justice and human rights and all that that encompasses, plus interested persons, will be attracted to Barbara Miller’s latest case study. This book gives a succinct report of how things have turned out in the last thirty years. 

… Her reporting skills and love for Aboriginal people are recognised by friend and foe alike, with her work being quoted by such bodies as the Human Rights Commission. 
 
Rev Michael Connolly, Former Chairman of Yarrabah Aboriginal Council

norman and barbara miller with latest book
Barbara with husband Norman at the Qld Literary Awards Brisbane Sept 2018 having been shortlisted for her memoir for the Qld Premiers Award for a Work of State Significance

Lena Goldstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration Photos

Upcoming ‘If I Survive’ Book Launch Tour

Barbara Miller will be travelling to Melbourne and Sydney at the dates below to launch her latest book ‘If I Survive‘.

Be sure to put the following dates in your diary and make a booking!

 

If I survive Book Launches

Sydney

  • 10 Feb 2.30pm 2019 
    Sydney Jewish Museum,
    148 Darlinghurst Road,
    Darlinghurst
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  • 11 Feb 1pm 2019
    NSW Parliament House, 
    Hosted by Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC
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Melbourne

  • 14 Feb 7pm 2019
    Jewish Holocaust Centre,
    13-15 Selwyn Street,
    Elsternwick
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J-wire article on Holocaust survivor Lena Goldstein

J-Wire have just featured a story on Holocaust survivor, Lena Goldstein.

Pictured here is Lena beside Barbara, receiving the Order of Australia medal from then Governor of NSW

Lena is the subject of Barbara Miller’s latest book, “If I Survive” – and recently celebrated her 100th Birthday on 31/1/2019, in Sydney Australia. The article talks about here amazing courage to fight back against the evil Nazi rule and her ability to keep and share a sense of humour during the darkest of days:

“…Following her escape from the ghetto in 1943, Lena was hidden by a Polish caretaker for 18 months. Later, her hiding spot was an underground bunker, cramped together with eight others. Lena set to writing a satirical newsletter for her companions in the bunker, “just to put some humour into the tragic life that we were living in the bunker.” Lena’s outward humour during this time was masking her actual anxieties. Lena’s satirical ‘Bunker Weekly’ and her personal diary entries from this time are now held in the Sydney Jewish Museum’s collection for safekeeping…”

100 year-old Holocaust survivor reflects on the duty to remember
http://www.jwire.com.au/100-year-old-holocaust-survivor-reflects-on-the-duty-to-remember

The If I Survive book will be launched at the Sydney Jewish Museum on Sunday 10 February, 2.30pm

You can make a booking to the free event here:
https://sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au/shop/events/book-launch-if-i-survive/

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

If I survive – Press Release

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PRESS RELEASE 17.1.19

Cairns author Barbara Miller has written If I survive: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 100-year-old Lena Goldstein’s Miracle Story. Lena, living in Sydney, turns 100 on 31 January and the book will be in her hands in time for her birthday.

Published on Amazon on 7 January, the book has been rated the no 1 new release in Jewish History, the no 1 new release in Jewish Holocaust History, the no 1 new release in Historical German Biographies and the no 1 new release in Social History.

Miller says, “Lena is so gracious despite all the trauma she went through. The thought ‘If I Survive’haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. Lena kept thinking, ‘It’s my turn next’.”

Miller says, “Hitler’s main target was the Jews who he wanted to wipe off the face of Europe. However, there were other targets of Hitler and Nazism – Poles and other Slavic people, Roma (Gypsies), Catholic priests and Christian pastors, homosexuals, political prisoners and the disabled. In all, there were 11 million victims of Hitler’s racist diabolical ideology including 6 million Jews, 1.5 million of the Jews being children.

Lena’s voice reminds us now, and will inform future generations, what it was like to be a Jew during the Holocaust. Voices were silenced by gunshots, bayonet stabbings, the gas chambers or burning ghettos but Lena’s voice will live on to tell her story. She is one of the last living witnesses of the Holocaust.”

This is one of eight reviews by key Jewish leaders who have endorsed the book – “This is a truly beautiful collaboration between the author and her subject, who have together produced an invaluable documentation of a unique, moving, life story set against the backdrop of one of the darkest moments in human history.  To read ‘if I Survive’ is to meet a remarkable person and to be touched by her intense humanity in an inhuman world.” Jeremy Jones AM, former President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Director, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

The book will be launched at the Sydney Jewish Museum on 10 February, NSW Parliament on 11 February and the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne on 14 February. The book is available from Amazon or the author’s website – www.barbara-miller-books.com.

Barbara Miller

 

 

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New Book No 1 Release Amazon

Barbara Miller’s New Book “If I Survive” is scaling the heights on Amazon bookstore!

Barbara Miller pictured here with her new book in draft A4 copy from the printer.

Barbara with If I Survive book 17.1.19 Cairns Esplanade

The Kindle version as reached “#1 New Release in Jewish History” & “#1 in Jewish Holocaust History” and more you can see in the gallery below.

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Lena Goldstein’s Miracle Story of Survival from the Holocaust as told by Barbara Miller from Interviews and from Lena’s Diary.Barbara was a finalist herself in the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards for the Work of State Significance.

“If I Survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. Lena kept thinking, “It’s my turn next.” How did she survive?

This is Barbara’s second book on the Holocaust with the first being the biography of William Cooper in 2012. He was an Aboriginal Australian who, as well as being an activist for his people, led a protest against Kristallnacht, the start of the Holocaust or Shoah in 1938.

This gripping biography of Lena Goldstein is the first in a series called Faces of Eve.

L-R Lena Goldstein & Barbara Miller with author interviewing her at an old people’s home in Sydney. Lena turns 100 on 31 Jan 19.

Upcoming events

2019 Book launches –
10 Feb 2.30pm Sydney Jewish Museum
11 Feb 1pm Hon Rev Fred Nile, MLA, NSW Parliament House, Booking required to Judy Russell<judy.russell@iinet.net.au>
14 Feb 7pm Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne

 

Pictured here is Lena receiving the Order of Australia medal from then Governor of NSW

 

 

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Lena Goldstein’s Miracle Story of Survival from the Holocaust as told by Barbara Miller from Interviews and from Lena’s Diary.

Barbara was a finalist herself in the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards for the Work of State Significance.
“If I Survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. Lena kept thinking, “It’s my turn next.” How did she survive?

L-R Eva Engel, Lena Goldstein & Barbara Miller at Lena’s Sydney home. Lena turns 100 on 31 Jan 19.

Upcoming events

2019 Book launches –
10 Feb 2.30pm Sydney Jewish Museum
11 Feb 1pm Hon Rev Fred Nile, MLA, NSW Parliament House, Booking required to Judy Russell <judy.russell@iinet.net.au>
14 Feb 7pm Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne

Lena’s stained diary