In this lecture Professor Paul Bartrop, internationally acclaimed historian of war and genocide, will be drawing on his recent book, The Holocaust and Austalia. He will be discussing the life of Albert George Ogilvie, premier of Tasmania between 1934 and 1939, and a rescuer of Jews from Nazi Germany. Ogilvie vehemently opposed the federal government’s restrictive immigration policies. That no more than a handful of Jewish refugees made it into Tasmania is not his failure. The lives he saved through his intervention, rather, demonstrate his success and attest to his commitment to the alleviation of suffering.
Presented by Department of Historical & Classical Studies, University of Adelaide