Join Dr Helen Lewis for a conversation about how sensitive topics, such as the Holocaust, can be introduced to younger readers. Award-winning authors Jackie French AM and Morris Gleitzman will discuss the books they have written on the topic of Holocaust and the influence that survivors have had on them. Jacqui Wasilewsky will present three biographies of Holocaust survivors for young audiences, published by the Sydney Jewish Museum.
Jacqui Wasilewsky (Australian)
Jacqui Wasilewsky is Manager of Community Stories at the Sydney Jewish Museum and oversees the publication of memoirs of the Sydney Jewish Community. She has project managed the publication of 80 books including the publication of 3 Holocaust memoirs into books aimed at young readers.
Morris Gleitzman (Australian)
Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in unexpected ways. The titles of his books which reflect on the Holocaust include Snot Chocolate, and the Once series. Morris lives in Sydney and Brisbane, and his books are published in more than twenty countries. He is the Australian Children's Laureate.
Jackie French (Australian)
Jackie French AM has written more than 140 books and is considered one of Australia's most awarded children's authors. Her books for young readers based on the Holocaust are Hitler’s Daughter, Goodbye Mr Hitler and Pennies for Hitler. Hitler's Daughter was made into a stage play and won the Robert Helpmann Award, the Drover Award and the Drover Special Panel Award.
Beate Hammet (Australian)
Beate Hammet was born to a Jewish couple in Berlin. She remembers one after another of her relatives and friends saying farewell as they fled the Nazis and Jewish pupils were ordered leave public schools. Her life as a German Jewish child ended in 1939 as she boarded the Kindertransport for England. Her story is described in a book written for young reader, The Gap Was Wide.
Helen Lewis (Australian)
Helen Lewis, author of The Dead Still Cry Out, was a child when she found an old suitcase hidden in a cupboard at home. Inside it were many horrifying photographs. They belonged to her father, a British paratrooper and combat cameraman who had filmed the liberation of Bergen Belsen.