To Life, To Life, L’Chaim

L’Chaim

The importance of creating new Jewish families was a response to the devastating loss of life. Many Jews married while still in the Displaced Persons Camps and whenever a Jewish child was born the survivors would offer the traditional toast: l’chaim, to life!

JHC guide John Chaskiel and fellow Buchenwald survivors arrive in their new homeland, Australia, c.1948.

Future Prime Minister Harold Holt, in his capacity as Minister for Immigration, sent a congratulatory letter to Basia Hyman (Heiman) when she became an Australian citizen.

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Letter – Melbourne, 1955

Future Prime Minister Harold Holt, in his capacity as Minister for Immigration, sent a congratulatory letter to Basia Hyman (Heiman) when she became an Australian citizen.

Source: JHC, courtesy of Aviva Hyman