To Life, To Life, L’Chaim

JHC guide John Chaskiel and fellow Buchenwald survivors arrive in their new homeland, Australia, c.1948. JHC guide John Chaskiel and fellow Buchenwald survivors arrive in their new homeland, Australia, c.1948. Source: JHC, courtesy of John Chaskiel

The importance of creating new Jewish families was a response to the devastating loss of life. Many Jews married while still in the Displaced Persons Camps and whenever a Jewish child was born the survivors would offer the traditional toast: l’chaim, to life!

 

Future Prime Minister Harold Holt, in his capacity as Minister for Immigration, sent a congratulatory letter to Basia Hyman (Heiman) when she became an Australian citizen.

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Letter - Melbourne, 1955

Future Prime Minister Harold Holt, in his capacity as Minister for Immigration, sent a congratulatory letter to Basia Hyman (Heiman) when she became an Australian citizen.

Source: JHC, courtesy of Aviva Hyman