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Robert Manne on his parents arrival after Evian in Australia in the 1930s

Robert Manne and Mara Moustafine.

Political scientist Robert Manne describes his parents arrival after Evian in Australia in the 1930s.



Date Added:

30 March 2009


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Yes, well my parents were just teenagers or a bit older when the Ė in the last years before the Second World War. And Australia very late in the piece before the Second World War broke out, made a very good decision which was to except a reasonable number of Jewish refugees from Europe and my mother and father didnít know each other, my mother was from Berlin and my father lived in Vienna. And they came out separately. My mother came via Holland, my father was actually travelling in Africa buying wood for a little furniture business in Vienna and when the Germans invaded and occupied Austria and he never returned home, and eventually was received by Australia.


So they came and they were here during the Second World War and they both worked and eventually met and married and had two children and I was born in 1947, a couple of years after the end of the Second World War.


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