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."
In the next few months, we will be publishing films and videos from as early as 1954. This is a partial list of the videos that have become available:
1954-55 Nudnik, the Shmendrik Camper
1954-55 Kinglake West camp in Victoria
1960s era camps in Sydney
1962 11th Kenes Artzi in Sydney
1989 Betar Reunion in Israel - interviews.
1989 Betar Reunion in Israel - speeches.
This has been made possible courtesy of John Ziegler. Harry Stuart is attempting the restoration, which includes ti
1959-60 Kinglake West camp in Victoria
tling, 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.
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.
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.)