Kristallnacht 2020

Prof. Max Kamien MD, AM, CitWA

Burning, Banning, Boycotting, Editing and Expurgating Books:
The ever-present struggle for
Freedom of Speech

Max Kamien was born in North Perth to parents who had emigrated from Poland and Russia.  He was forunate to have attended North Perth State and Perth Modern Schools and the new medical school at UWA, graduating in 1960.  He has been a psychiatrist, a hospital physician, a third and fourth world doctor, a rural GP in the back ‘o Bourke and for 27 years, the first appointed professor of General Practice in Australia.

Published Articles

Click here to listen to the commencement of the Kristallnacht commemoration:

  • Welcome by Mrs Shula Lazar Principal, Carmel School
  • The Prayer for our Country recited by the Hon. Kate Doust MLC
  • Dr Ronniet Orlando and accompanist Helena Cohen-Robertson play a Doina lament based on a 1920 recording of Abe Schwarz (violin) and his daughter, Sylvia (piano)
  • Carmel Primary School Choir, accompanied by Michele Galanti, sing Rachem
  • Adi Goldberg of Carmel School sings Sarit Hadad, Sh’ma Yisrael

Poetic Recitation

Click here to hear the poem Versus, written by Dagmar Polackova in Terezin, read by Dr Judith Schneider, Vice-Chair, CCJWA.

The Righteous Among the Nations

Click here to hear Colin Rockman OAM JP, of PHC; Committee Member CCJWA, give a brief account of the millions of Jews and others, from many different backgrounds, who were victims of the Shoah.

Click here to hear the historical background concerning The Righteous Among the Nations offered by Revd Steve Francis, former Moderator, Uniting Church Western Australia, and Honorary President CCJWA.

Musical Interludes

Click here to hear the musical interlude by David Hicks and accompanist Amon Ross of Prendiville Catholic College, play an excerpt from Arvo Pärt, Spiegal im Spiegal (‘Reflection in Reflection’)

Click here to  hear the  musical  interlude by Dr Ronniet Orlando and  accompanist Helen Cohen-Robertson play, Eli, Eli by David Zahavi

The Lighting of the Memorial Candles

First Memorial Candle lit by Rabbi Adi Cohen, Temple David, Honorary President CCJWA

Second Memorial Candle lit by Redemptorist
Mater Seminarian
Gionata Pagani

The Candle of Hope lit by Dylan Rockman and Amon Ross