A reading list for Limmud Oz 2020

A Networked Community: Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century

A Networked Community: Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century

Sue Silberberg

In 1835 a renegade group of Tasmanians wishing to expand their landholdings disembarked in what was to become Melbourne. This colonising expedition was funded by a group of investors including the Jewish convict Joseph Solomon....

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 Read reviewThe Ratline

The Ratline

Philippe Sands

This new book by the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize is a historical detective story that sets out to uncover the truth behind what happened to leading Nazi Otto von Wachter.    

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East West Street

East West Street

Philippe Sands, QC

A uniquely personal exploration of the origins of international law, centring on the Nuremberg Trials, the city of Lviv and a secret family history

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The Jones Family Food Roster

The Jones Family Food Roster

Alison Jones

When Alison, a mother of five school-aged children, is diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer she is initially overwhelmed. As a busy working mother she agonises about her future and the effect her treatment regime will have...

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Reds Under the Bed: ASIO and an Unusual Bunch of Suspects

Reds Under the Bed: ASIO and an Unusual Bunch of Suspects

Michael Komesaroff

ASIO maintained a vast library of files on half a million citizens, most of whom were never a threat to Australia's security.

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The Archive Thief

The Archive Thief

Lisa Moses Leff

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of archival documents related to French Jewish history from public archives and collections in France and moved them, illicitly, to...

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Caging Skies

Caging Skies

Christine Leunens

A gripping, atmospheric novel about obsession and love in war-time Vienna

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 Read reviewSea of Many Returns

Sea of Many Returns

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable takes us to modern-day Ithaca, to its mountains, villages and harbours, and into the houses of its people. Sea of Many Returns is a profound meditation on displacement, nostalgia and exile - a story that affirms the...

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The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree

Arnold Zable

From the best-selling author of Cafe Scheherazade comes this tender book of haunting true stories, filled with memorable people. Zable writes about his own and his wife's family in Australia and Europe, about the lives of Jewish...

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Violin Lessons

Violin Lessons

Arnold Zable

A young boy plays the violin for his mother in Melbourne. Nina Simone sings 'Pirate Jenny' in a bar in Berlin. A fisherman plays a flute on the Mekong. And the strains of Paganini resonate in the forests of eastern Poland.

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Cafe Scheherazade

Cafe Scheherazade

Arnold Zable

A moving tribute to the spirit of survival, Arnold Zable's beloved novel Cafe Scheherazade is now a Text Classic.

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The Watermill

The Watermill

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable applies his lyrical sensitivity and respect to this collection highlighting human compassion and resilience

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Hitler's Daughter

Hitler’s Daughter

French

Three children in country Australia meet at the bus stop every morning and tell each other stories. This one is about Hitler's Daughter and the life that she leads in Nazi Germany. The story goes back and forth from the historical...

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Pennies For Hitler

Pennies For Hitler

Jackie French

A companion piece to the bestselling Hitler's Daughter.       

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Goodbye, Mr Hitler

Goodbye, Mr Hitler

Jackie French

The final title in the multi award-winning Hitler series, this compelling story follows on from Heidi's story in Hitler's Daughter and Georg's in Pennies for Hitler, and shows us that evil must be fought and won.

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