ASPJ Board Members

LENA FISZMAN

Co-Secretary

Lena is a child of Holocaust Survivors from Radom and Kraków. She works for the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne and is also a professional actress.

She has visited Poland three times and is deeply committed to preserving and fostering her Polish-Jewish heritage and promoting Polish/Jewish dialogue.


EVA HUSSAIN

Board Member (Melbourne-based)

Eva Hussain was born in Poland and immigrated to Australia in 1985. She is an accredited NAATI translator and interpreter and the Director of Polaron, a translation and European citizenship consultancy.

Eva’s former voluntary roles include Deputy President of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators AUSIT, President of the Polish-Australian Chamber of Commerce and board member of Polish Community Services of Victoria.


BERNARD KORBMAN, OAM

Co-President & CEO

Bernard, the child of Holocaust Survivors, migrated to Australia with his mother in 1957, not long after his father passed away. He has completed numerous academic degrees and was a teacher for almost 25 years.

In 2003, he joined Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre as Education Director and, in 2005, was appointed the Centre’s Executive Director.

Bernard has a keen interest in human rights  and in interfaith and multicultural dialogue. He also has a continuing association with the Koori community.


IZI MARMUR

Co-Vice-President

Born in Niemcza, Poland, in 1949, Izi immgrated to Australia with his family in 1962. He completed his Diploma of Art and Design in 1969, and is married with two adult children.

Having been in the design and advertising industry for over 38 years and, prior to his retirement, ran his own graphic design company, Izi uses his vast professional knowledge and experience to develop an awareness of our Society and to promote its aims, both in the Jewish and Polish communities.


EZRA MAY

Co-President

Ezra, born in Australia , is the son and grandson of Polish Jews from Kraków, Poland.

He has a strong interest in learning about and preserving the memory of the dynamic, rich and vibrant pre-War Jewish communities of Poland. He is also committed to exploring and engaging in contemporary Polish/Jewish dialogue.


KAREN PAKULA

Board Member (Sydney-based)

Karen is the daughter of Holocaust survivors from Chorzew and Vienna. A former journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, she is writing about her family’s history through a second-generation lens.

Her work explores the re-emergence of Polish Jewry and the ongoing Polish-Jewish dialogue. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two daughters.


DAVID PRINCE

Board Member (Melbourne-based)

David was born and lived in Łódż, and the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. He was deported on the last train to Auschwitz-Birkenau and then to a working camp (a sub-camp of Gross-Rosen) in Germany. He was liberated on 9th May 1945 by the Soviet Army.

Educated in Munich and Melbourne, David now works as a volunteer guide at the Jewish Holocaust Centre and considers it his duty to remember his origins and improve relations with Christian Poles by remembering the atrocities committed on Polish soil.


ANDREW RAJCHER

Treasurer and Webmaster

Andrew is the son of Holocaust Survivors from Częstochowa and Sosnowiec. As a former professional consultant to non-profit and charitable organisations, he has been actively involved in the Jewish community for many years, both professionally and as a volunteer.

As a regular visitor to Poland, Andrew has worked as a longtime volunteer with numerous Jewish organisations in Poland. As a Polish-to-English translator, Andrew is the longest serving volunteer at Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Andrew is a member of the Executive of the World Society of Częstochowa Jews and Their Descendants. He is a dual Australian/Polish citizen, speaks fluent Polish and is actively involved in Polish/Jewish dialogue.


ESTELLE ROZINSKI

Co-Vice-President (Sydney-based)

Estelle was born in Melbourne and is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Her entire professional life has been in education and she is most proud of her work mentoring Aboriginal youth at risk and students.

More recently, through her Tikkun Olam series, she has worked as a curator, bringing together artists of Aboriginal, Jewish, Hindu and Korean descent looking for common ground and shared experiences.

The Mezzuzah Project is her most recent passion, celebrating the diverse and vibrant Jewish communities of Poland from before 1939. The “Missing Mezzuzot of Zduńska Wola” is the first exhibition in this series – it is now on permanent display in the museum there.


PETER SCHNALL

Co-Secretary

Peter is the son of Holocaust survivors from Kraków and Łódż. He is President of the President of the Kraków Memorial Committee in Melbourne, which was created by Survivors and is now run by their descendants to honour and remember loved ones who perished in the Holocaust from Kraków.

Peter is strongly committed to preserving the memory of the large and vibrant pre-war Jewish Community of Poland. This task involves actively seeking ways to support education about the Holocaust to honour the memory of the Jewish community of Poland.

Interested in commemorations, Peter is very pleased to receive suggestions and ideas from Survivors, their children and friends. He is also actively seeking vital perspectives for the third generation so as to ensure that their heritage will be remembered for future generations to come.