The Benefits and Challenges of Exploring One's German-Jewish Genealogy in Contemporary Australia

Conference of German-Australian History and Heritage 2018: Australisches Deutschtum

The Benefits and Challenges of Exploring One's German-Jewish Genealogy in Contemporary Australia

Presented by Rachel Croucher

A unique set of challenges are always posed for anyone exploring a heritage that includes mixed ancestry, none more so than for German Jews in contemporary Australia. While just as staunchly Australian as the next person cheering at the footy, German Jews in Australia still face the question of whether they are German or whether they are Jewish — despite in fact being both — whenever they commence their own genealogical journey. Rachel’s talk includes interviews with five Australians of German-Jewish ancestry, who discuss the benefit of mixed ancestry generally being celebrated in Australia, as well as some of the challenges in facing up to skeletons in the closet and questions of intergenerational guilt and trauma on both sides of the ancestral coin. She will also be showcasing and discussing items on loan from the collection of the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre in Elsternwick, Victoria.

About the Speaker

Rachel Croucher is an AAGRA-accredited genealogist and Associate Director of Research Development at the Australian Sikh Heritage Association. She studied for one year in Germany during high school and has travelled extensively throughout numerous German-speaking countries and regions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (German and Political Science) from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Public History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies) from Monash University. She has worked extensively in media and editing, and was a German translator in the archives of the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre in Elsternwick for seven years.

Practical Info

Date
19 August 2018 14:00 (Australia/Adelaide)
Duration
1 hour
Location
W P Rogers Room