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Growing Up Communist and Jewish in Bondi Volume 2
My Mother, Elsie Levy
Author: John Docker RRP A$11.99
Publisher: Kerr Publishing Pub Date: 2020-10-15
BIC Category: Memoirs ISBN: 9781875703388
BISAC Category1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists
BISAC Category2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


Elsie Levy was born in the Jewish East End of London, came to Sydney with her family when she was 14, and joined the Communist Party of Australia when she was a young woman. In this book, her son explores her disaporic Jewish identity, both English and Australian, and in the process journeys into Jewish cultural histories. We meet important cultural figures such as Leonard Woolf, Freud, Schnitzler, Veza Canetti and Ida Rubinstein. This journey leads also to English anti-Semitism, including, shockingly, Bloomsbury. In turning to Communism and marrying out, Elsie Levy became one of history's undutiful daughters.

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