YOSL BERGNER: A Jew is Like a Grater

Culture, Religionization and the Ex-Religious

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Yosl Bergner (1920-2017) was born in Vienna and grew up in Warsaw. In 1937, he joined his family that had immigrated to Australia two years earlier. His father, writer and poet Melech Ravitz, was involved in the Kimberly Plan – a little-known futile attempt to create a Jewish homeland in Australia. Yosl studied at the National Gallery School of Melbourne, but cut his studies short with the outbreak of World War II. After serving in the Australian army for four-and-a-half years, he resumed his studies. His years of wandering ended with Yosl and his wife, Audrey, a painter in her…

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