Willie Lermer

Willie Lermer

In 1945, Polish Jewish teenager Willie Lermer, imprisoned at Dachau Concentration Camp, weighs a mere 36kg. Delirious with starvation he is ushered into the showers. A hose winds down from above. Willie accepts his fate. And then warm water flows from the hose. “I still haven’t found a word in English to describe the feeling when that water hit my skin.”

The Americans had arrived and Willie, along with thousands of other Jews, is liberated. But how will he fare in Australia, a country desperate to restrict the number of Jewish migrants, a nation that still spoke in its official immigration documents of an ‘Aryan’ race?

Willie is a passionate speaker on his experiences both as a concentration camp survivor and ‘new Australian’ who had many interesting experiences as he adjusted to a new life down under.

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