An 'unbelievable' but true life story of one of the 'Dunera boys'
Special presentation 21 June 2015, Chapel on Station, Box Hill as part of the Memories in my Luggage exhibition
Werner Haarburger, the son of a Jewish father and a mother who was born a Catholic and became a Lutheran, escaped Nazi Germany on a children's transport with the aid of friends from the Netherlands. When Werner got to England, he was classified an enemy alien and interned. In 1941, Werner was put aboard the infamous HMT Dunera. The vessel was crammed with some 2,000 mostly Jewish refugees, aged 16 to 60. Alongside them were genuine prisoners of war, 200 Italian fascists and 251 German Nazis. The story starts here...
Werner is a warm and humorous speaker - a survivor who shows great wisdom.
NOTE: Of interested might also be an Australian mini-series called 'The Dunera Boys' (1985).
Podcast Part 1: Journey to Australia on the HMT Dunera
Podcast Part 2: Being conscripted into the Australian Army
Podcast Part 3: Learning Italian the express way
Podcast Part 4: Promotion to Corporal
Podcast Part 5: Major Ruddock
Podcast Part 6: Bendigo and discharge from the Army
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