2017-03 Major finds of films and videos spanning the early years of Betar Australia.

In the next 2 months or so, we will be publishing films and videos from as early as 1954. This is a partial list of the videos that will/have become available:

1954 Nudnik, the Shmendrik Camper (Kinglake West camp in Victoria) (previously released)
1954 Kinglake West camp in Victoria
1960s era camps in Sydney
1962 11th Kenes Artzi in Sydney
1989 Betar Reunion in Israel.

This has been made possible courtesy of John Ziegler. Harry Stuart is attempting the restoration, which includes titling, identification of Betarim where possible, adding soundtracks to the 8mm films, improving the sound from the videos.

Still in progress, the titles above will become clickable links as they become available.

2017-02 Jack Mirjam publishes his life's work in art: "My Life as an Artist"
2017-02 Jack Mirjam publishes his life's work in art: "My Life as an Artist"

Jack's talent in painting is well known in Betar circles. However, the volume of his output over the years is astounding. Over the past few months Jack has assembled over 550 paintings and pastels in a wide variety of subjects from the Holocaust to Australian football and aborigines. And his artistic genes have been passed to his daughter Michelle Feder whose partial work has been added to his portfolio.

Download the file (Adobe Acrobat) from here. Please note that this file is around 23mb.

As of Dec. 22, 2017, a Youtube version loaded by Michelle, is also available here.

2017-01 Congratulations to Larry Sitsky: elevated to Officer (AO)
2017-01 Congratulations to Larry Sitsky: elevated to Officer (AO)

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Australia Day 2017 Emeritus Professor Larry SITSKY AM, 29 Threlfall Street, Chifley ACT 2606 For distinguished service to the arts as a composer and concert pianist, to music education as a researcher and mentor, and through musical contributions to Australia's contemporary culture. Read the article in the Canberra Times here. (Thanks to Peter Keeda for the submission.)

2016-06 Have We changed?
2016-06 Have We changed?

Henry Burstyner and Harry Stuart had photos taken whenever they met - over the past nearly 50 years. Why? Because, after the first two, they didn't want to break the series - and because they have an enduring Betar-originated friendship. See a larger view here.

2016-05 Nostalgia Reigns
2016-05 Nostalgia Reigns

Thanks to John Goldlust, we have loaded some more articles, anniversary programs and clippings from the 1960s.
* Betar Anniversary - programs from 1964 to 2003 here.
* Kenes Kompanions: 1960; 1962;   1964.
* Newspaper clippings from 1963; 1964; 1967.
* Altalena - Jabotinsky's return to Israel, 1964
* The words to 'Rinse the Cordial off my Kafia' here.

2016-04 Harry & Elaine Stuart visit the troops in Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns and Sydney
2016-04 Harry & Elaine Stuart visit the troops in Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns and Sydney

"Photos from our quindecennial (look it up) + 1 visit to Oz can be seen here. Many thanks to those who sponsored or organized get-togethers and thanks to all for the joy we had in seeing everyone again after such a long time. Mixed with the joy was the sadness of missing those who had passed on."  - Harry

2016-03 Adam Grajcar awarded a member in the Order of Australia (AM)
2016-03 Adam Grajcar awarded a member in the Order of Australia (AM)

As per the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List,  Professor Adam Graycar of Malvern, SA was awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia: "For significant service to tertiary education as an academic, to public administration through a range of leadership roles, and to professional groups." Congratulations, Adam. See the AJN article here.  (Thanks to Aaron Ninedek for forwarding.)

2016-02 Douglas Joshua becomes an Officer of the Order of Australia
2016-02 Douglas Joshua becomes an Officer of the Order of Australia

Eleven years after being awarded the Member of the Order (AM), Douglas receives an AO. See the article from the Australian Jewish News here. (Thanks to Sid Agranoff for forwarding.)   

2016-01 A 1955 Betar publication revived

Evie Katz was searching through her drawers (no pun intended) and found an old Betar advertising news sheet. Aaron Ninedek then scanned it and emailed it to us where we patched the half pages together. 
See the paper here.

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December 2017
* Note from Jack Mirjam 28th December, 2017:

"I would like to send a few words of appreciation to all my friends and acquaintances who sent expressions of condolence to me on the passing away of my dear wife Rosette.
I was deeply moved by your kind outpouring of emotions that referred to Rosette.
Thank you....Thank you....Thank you".

* Sorry to report: Rosette Mirjam passed away on December 13, 2017 in Israel.

From Jack: "It is my saddest ever duty to inform all our friends that my most cherished and loved girlfriend and bride passed away last night.
She was an unusually fine person with an extraordinary love of life and a typically polish sense of humour. But most of all she loved people and wherever we went made friends leaving a long trail of mourners who will not easily forget her.
Everyone wishes that on their death they will leave this earth just a little better for their short visit. Well Rosette achieved that - oodles of it.
I on the other hand must confront a very bleak dark hole of loneliness."

Condolences can be sent to the webmaster and can be read here.
Note also that Jack Mirjam's life work is also on Youtube - see article

September 2017
* Peter Keeda visits the Jabotinsky Institute to see Betar Australia's collection of documents.
* Photo of the late David Mayer found on a restored camp film - from 1954 here.
August 2017
* Sorry to report: The passing of Evelyn Harris (Ainsley) - noted here. (Thanks to Keith Masnick for the notification.)
* Yaacov Weissman unleashes 4 oldies... four images where we have almost IDed everyone.
* Update: 2017 - Have we changed? Henry Burstyner and Harry Stuart meet again - in New York. See
this for updated photograph.
* Link to Mevout Betar website for those who are interested - thanks to Vernon Kronenberg for supplying.
* Website getting a facelift! (ongoing).
* Major discoveries in films and videos from 1954, 1962 and 1989 - see article #2017-03.
July 2017:
* Jack Mirjam publishes his life's work - see article #2017-02.
May 2017
* Hedva's vault: six images from years gone by just discovered. Can be seen here.
* Larry & Magda Sitsky in Israel. They were feted at Danny & Heather's home. Images forwarded by Hedva Sheiner and can be viewed here
March 2017
* A treasure trove from Vicki Israel (Zack). Vicki's photos came from a scrapbook she has held for almost 60 years. The images are not especially clear - but consider the cameras of that day and the long storage time. Photos from Towlers bay 1959 and Lake Macquarie 1959 here. Another camp in 1960 here.
February 2017
* A couple of new images of Vicki Israel - submitted by Liz Kornhaber (photos #56 & #57) - here  and name corrections to #25.
* Article on Moshe Bush can be seen here. (Submitted by Aaron Ninedek)
* Ed Adamek posts a 'new' old photo from 1967 here.
January 2017
* Larry Sitsky awarded an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. See article #2017-01.
June 2016
* Have we changed? Six images over 48 years. See article #2016-06.
* More nostalgia loaded - see article #
* Harry & Elaine's quindecennial+1 tour of Australia - see article #
* Adam Graycar awarded the AM - see article #
February 2016
* Peter Revelman's Recollection - ah - those were the days.
January 2016
* Douglas Joshua elevated to AO in the Australia Day Honours list.See article #2016-02.
* Harold Holt welcomes Amelia and Sophie Offman - in 1950.
* Three more from 1958 - Keith Masnik posts some oldies (#35-#37)
* 1949 postcard from Yosef. Is the Australian Post Office really so slow?
* Evie and Aaron process a1955 Betar advertising news sheet - see article #
January 2018
* Some photos from Sam Offman: Thanks to Rose Offman for forwarding materials that have been kept in cold storage, some for 60 years. See the collection here.

* Thank you Miriam: From the Australian Jewish News, January 12, 2018 (Aus time), a review of the life and the book written by Henry - "To Life L'Chaim". See the review here.

* Sorry to report: Henry Briggs passed away today, January 10th 2018 in Sydney.

From Hedva Sheiner:

Henry and Miriam Briggs came at least twice a year to Israel to visit their children
and grandchildren.  They have 2 kids in Israel and 2 in Sydney and grandchildren mainly
here.  They bought a house in Raanana and of course when here we met up with them.
This November they came again for a special simcha, their first great grandchild was born
They left Israel at the end of November 2017 and on the day they arrived home Henry started
feeling ill and could not stop vomiting.  It took two or three days till he was hospitalized (no beds
available in the hospital!!) and he underwent various tests and finally they found that he had
pancreatic cancer at quite an advanced stage.  Already then they did not give him long to live!
All their family, children, husbands, grandchildren and even their tiny great grandson were
flown over from Israel. The last few days of his life he spent at their home with the whole family.
A few days before he went they had a special Book Launch at the Sydney Jewish Museum.  The Book is an autobiography about his life as a Holocaust survivor and is named TO LIFE L’CHAIM and in it he also writes about being in Betar and quite a long description of what it meant to him.
They are all being flown to Israel and he will be buried at the Raanana Cemetery, where on this coming Friday we will be visiting Rosette’s  grave for the “shloshim”. 
May they rest in Peace!!