The other side of the story

The smuggler as humanitarian
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August 2021, no. 434
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Smuggled: An illegal history of journeys to Australia by Ruth Balint and Julie Kalman

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 204 pp

The other side of the story

The smuggler as humanitarian
by
August 2021, no. 434

Professors Ruth Balint and Julie Kalman are descended from Jews impacted by the Holocaust. No surprise then that in the introductory sentences of this work they remind us that the first people smuggler was probably Moses. Throughout the Jewish year, we study this colossus, who may or may not have existed, as he leads the Hebrews out of Pharaoh’s bondage into the desert toward a promised land. For much of the past two thousand years, Jews have relied on people smugglers as they were shunted from country to country. In Smuggled: An illegal history of journeys to Australia, Balint and Kalman detach the people smuggler from the politicised, malign tropes surrounding this activity and present firsthand accounts from some of those who were smuggled and from the smugglers themselves.

Elisabeth Holdsworth reviews 'Smuggled: An illegal history of journeys to Australia' by Ruth Balint and Julie Kalman

Smuggled: An illegal history of journeys to Australia

by Ruth Balint and Julie Kalman

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 204 pp

Buy this book

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