The Power Broker: Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish life by Michael Gawenda

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November 2020, no. 426
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David Trigger reviews 'The Power Broker: Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish life' by Michael Gawenda

The Power Broker: Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish life

by Michael Gawenda

Monash University Publishing, $39.95 hb, 371 pp

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The Power Broker: Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish life by Michael Gawenda

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November 2020, no. 426

Michael Gawenda’s engaging biography of Melbourne lawyer Mark Leibler traverses matters of Australia’s migration history, Jewish identity, and political influence. What has it meant to live a Jewish life in an Australian city? What have been the intergenerational impacts of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and the establishment of the State of Israel? How, if at all, might the balance depicted between commitment to minority cultural distinctiveness and broad societal participation exhibit a way forward for multicultural futures?

Mark Leibler’s life, as a successful Australian lawyer and a publicly committed leader of Jewish organisations, has emerged from the remarkable history of refugees who lost their families in the Holocaust. From small business beginnings, a significant number became upwardly mobile and in Melbourne some achieved great success. Leibler’s parents were young middle-class members of the Jewish community in Antwerp, Belgium, who moved to Australia months before the start of the Nazi horror in September 1939.

David Trigger reviews 'The Power Broker: Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish life' by Michael Gawenda

The Power Broker: Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish life

by Michael Gawenda

Monash University Publishing, $39.95 hb, 371 pp

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