Friday, 24 July 2015

Homeland & Prisoners of War creator headlines Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

Gideon Raff
Ground breaking Israeli television director and writer of Prisoners of War, Homeland & Dig, Gideon Raff, New York Times foreign affairs editor Roger Cohen and German-Nigerian author Jennifer Teege, whose grandfather was a brutal Nazi commandant, headline the upcoming Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) this August 29-30.

The SJWF’s program is packed with fascinating sessions on BDS, Westfield mogul Frank Lowy, Iran, General Monash, South African history, Holocaust memorialisation, raising teens and much more. 

The Festival opens Saturday night with the launch of Leah Kaminsky’s latest novel, The Waiting Room, plus an extended session exploring the complexities of Israel with the three international guests plus Dr Dvir Abramovich from the University of Melbourne.  All three international guests will also have one-on-one interviews during the Festival exploring their stories in more depth.

Homeland and Prisoners of War television series
Gideon Raff’s insightful television drama series Prisoners of War (Hatufim), Homeland and Dig have shown viewers the gritty realism of the Middle East and America’s war on terror. Even if you have not seen these gripping shows, hearing from their creator, whose ability to show the nuanced realities on the ground, will be a unique opportunity.

Another session not to miss will be that of New York Times foreign affairs columnist Roger Cohen’s session, From South Africa to Times Square. His recent book tells the story of his family’s journey from Lithuania to South Africa at the turn of the century and under apartheid, and later to England, the US and Israel. An award-winning columnist he will share his experiences and challenges covering foreign affairs for one of the world’s most well-known newspapers.

Jennifer Teege
“Jennifer Teege may not be well-known in Australia as an author yet but her story is just extraordinary to hear,” said Festival Director Michael Misrachi. “Teege accidentally discovered she was the granddaughter of Amon Goeth, the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler’s List, her book My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me depicts her extraordinary journey coming to terms with the secrets of her past,” he explained.

The Festival continues all day Sunday from 10:00am – 6:45pm with a choice of two sessions available each hour. Additional highlights include an In Conversation with radio broadcaster and author Ramona Koval about her search for her true parentage. An interview with former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer about his recent book on Jewish general Sir John Monash will also examine Fischer’s claims of Anti-Semitism affecting Monash’s career.

In conjunction with PJ Library the SJWF will also offer two children’s workshops for kids age 6-8 during the Festival where children will make their own storyboards.

For the first time the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival is being hosted by Waverley Council at Waverley Library in Bondi Junction. 

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