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Saturday, June 6 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Melekh Ravitsh: the eccentric outback quest of an urbane Yiddish poet from Poland

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Author Anna Epstein will discuss with Arnold Zable and Danielle Charak the issues in her exhilarating book: “Art and history, Jews, refugees, white and black Australians, the pre-war past and the troubling present”. The creative, wildly imaginative father and son, writer Melekh Ravitsh and artist Yosl Bergner, were linked in their conviction that they could change the world, and in their prescient recognition of the common fate of Indigenous Australians and persecuted European Jews. Though Bergner painted his father’s adventure as a fantasy, it showed a profound understanding of refugee reality, relevant across the world then as now.

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Anna Epstein

Anna Epstein is the author of “Melekh Ravitsh: The eccentric outback quest of an urbane Yiddish poet from Poland”. The book is about two remarkable men, a poet and a painter, and about dispossession, an abiding interest in Anna’s career working with artists from many cultures... Read More →
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Danielle Charak

Danielle Charak is a doyenne of Yiddish language and literature in Melbourne. She has been a teacher, translator, speaker, broadcaster, and passionate activist for Yiddish in the Melbourne community.
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Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate based in Melbourne, Australia

Saturday June 6, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST