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Let My People Go : Historic booklet
Saturday, December 15th, 2012 | Author:

Let My People Go (1942/3)

BPJC is proud to publish electronically a historic booklet written by Victor Gollancz in December 1942 entitled “Let My People Go”. Gollancz explains in this 16,000 word pamphlet that between one and two million Jews had already been murdered in Nazi-controlled Europe and “unless something effective is done, within a very few months six million Jews will all be dead.” Gollancz proposed a series of practical responses, centred around a rescue plan, and undertook a lecture and fundraising tour. Published early in the new year of 1943, the pamphlet sold a quarter of a million copies within three monthsand was quoted in the Canadian Parliament in 1943,and in The Adelaide Advertiser on Saturday 15 May 1943. Gollancz’s pamphlet, seen through today’s eyes, is remarkably well informed about the plight of European Jewry  at the height of World War 2, in the midst of the Holocaust.

Biography

Sir Victor Gollancz (9 April 1893 – 8 February 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. He was born in Maida Vale, London, the son of a wholesale jeweller and nephew of Rabbi Professor Sir Hermann Gollancz and Professor Sir Israel Gollancz.

Gollancz formed his own publishing company in 1927 and was one of the founders of the Left Book Club. In addition to his highly successful publishing business, Gollancz was a prolific writer on a variety of subjects, and put his ideas into action by establishing campaigning groups. His 1943 pamphlet “Let My People Go”, which called for an attempt by the Allied powers to rescue Jews under threat of extermination in occupied Europe, was widely read in 1943, following coverage in the British media in December 1942 of the Nazis’ extermination policy.

A subsequent pamphlet, published by Gollancz later on in the war, failed to reach a mass audience. By then the British media had almost entirely ceased coverage of the story of the Nazi attempt to exterminate European Jewry, after it had become clear that the western powers were unwilling to respond to popular British sentiment at the end of 1942 and early 1943 in favour of an attempt to rescue Jews in occupied Europe, which would have meant diverting resources from the war effort. He was made Vice-President of Eleanor Rathbone’s National Committee for Rescue from Nazi Terror. Along with Eleanor Rathbone, Gollancz was the foremost British campaigner during the Second World War on the issue of the Nazi extermination of European Jewry.

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Acknowledgement

BPJC is very grateful for the generosity of Theo and Joy Castrikum of Woorim, Bribie Island, in donating this important historic pamphlet.

 

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BPJC Outreach
Monday, December 10th, 2012 | Author:

The BPJC Board is always looking for ways to support Jews living outside of South East Queensland. We provide a range of information through our website and Facebook page and welcome any feedback or suggestions for improvements.

Unfortunately, the Awcast option for the broadcast of services is no longer available. Awcast started charging a substantial monthly fee and the Board regretfully decided that the cost is too high.

Our Shabbat services use Mishkan T’filah. Please contact us if you would like to purchase a copy to follow the service.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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Australian Reform Zionist Association (ARZA)
Monday, October 03rd, 2011 | Author:

We would like to put you in touch with articles and news items that we believe to be relevant to you as a religious Zionist. If you wish to give us feedback on these articles and/or tell us what other information you would like to receive from, and about, ARZA please email arza@upj.org.au.

For all the latest ARZA news visit the website 

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Toowong Cemetery Jewish Heritage Trail
Monday, October 03rd, 2011 | Author:

Download a fascinating guide to Jewish burials at Toowong Cemetery. The document was written in 1998 by Morris S. Ochert OAM Queensland Researcher, Australian Jewish Historical Society and edited by Hilda Maclean from Friends of Toowong Cemetery.

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Jewish students in Brisbane
Monday, October 03rd, 2011 | Author:

BPJC welcomes and supports all Jewish students visiting or studying in Brisbane. All students are welcome to attend our services and festivals. We offer discounted entry to our events and can also help with transport. BPJC can provide students with chaplaincy and advocacy support through the wider community. Leadership opportunities are available within our congregation and the wider Brisbane Jewish community through our affiliations with Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies, State Zionist Council of Queensland and other community groups.

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The objects of QAJEX include: 
To perpetuate and honour the memory of all service personnel who served, including those who died during or since service.

To protect the interests and advance the welfare of all Jewish ex-service persons and their dependants.

To represent officially Jewish Ex-Service persons in all matters affecting the Association.

The Association needs your support to continue this important service to our community. Please contact us if you would like further information.

 

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Netzer
Monday, September 26th, 2011 | Author:

Netzer is a youth movement committed to encouraging individuality, critical thinking and personal growth through developing an ideological community of knowledgeable, empowered youth.

What is Netzer Australia?

Netzer Australia (Inc) is the Zionist Youth Movement of the Progressive Jewish Community of Australia. We are part of an expanding world-wide movement, with Netzer branches in Israel, Europe, North and South America (we are in fact the largest Zionist youth movement in the world as of 2004). We are also expanding within Australia-we have chanichim (participants) in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

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JNF community newsletter
Thursday, May 26th, 2011 | Author:

JNF Queensland publishes a monthly newsletter, Shalom, to inform the local Jewish community of social gatherings, fund raising activities and general interest news items. To subscribe to this publication, email the editor.

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AUJS International Programs
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 | Author:

For the past 47 years AUJS has been sending young Australasian Jews to Israel on the trips of their lives. This year is no different. AUJS is committed to sending Jewish students to Israel on fun, educational and meaningful programs. The life changing experiences that AUJS provides Jewish students get are unparalleled from other short-term program offered around the world. Full details are available here.

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