An evening with The Scott Van Gemert’s Big Band: a music review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

June 7, 2019 by  

I attended a concert given at Melbourne’s Paris Cat Jazz Club given by Scott van Gemert and his 17-piece jazz big band this week. Read more

Kristallnacht and the  Righteous Australian aboriginal William Cooper

November 9, 2018 by  

Otto Jontof-Hutter was arrested in Stuttgart during the German state-sponsored pogrom of 9-10 November 1938, which became known as Kristallnacht. Read more

Roman Salyutov’s Melbourne piano recital

August 14, 2018 by  

Russian-German pianist Roman Salyutov visited Melbourne  on his way home from New Zealand where he enthralled music lovers in  a recital…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

An interview with pianist Roman Salyutov

August 9, 2018 by  

Ron Jontof-Hutter meets Russian-German Pianist Roman Salyutov who will perform in  recital on Sunday at the South Melbourne  Town Hall. Read more

An evening with Sir Andrew Davis, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the MSO

June 25, 2018 by  

The Melbourne Symphony orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis played a memorable concert on Saturday evening…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

An evening with the MSO and Thomas Hampson singing Mahler: a music review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

June 9, 2018 by  

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presented a more unusual type of program consisting of three tone poems and a song cycle rather than the traditional overture, concerto, symphony format. Read more

Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland): a movie review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

May 21, 2018 by  

Sam Garlanski’s film, “Bye Bye Germany“  based on Michel Bergmann’s autobiographical novel is an entertaining addition to Holocaust stories, though this one is set in 1946 Frankfurt. Read more

An evening of Mozart: a music review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

May 13, 2018 by  


The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and the Melbourne University Choral Society presented an all-Mozart program at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Read more

After the Anuism, the Euorism?


In medieval Spain and Portugal, Jews hid their true identity to avoid the Inquisition and led double lives. They became known as the Anusim…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

Quo vadis, Palestinians?

March 11, 2018 by  

Palestinians are constantly urged by their leaders to engage in rage. Indeed, Abbas walked out of the UNSC meeting, not bothering to hear Ambassador Haley’s speech…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

Never Again! Forgotten within twenty-two years

June 6, 2017 by  

Like other teenagers during May-June 1967, I was bopping to the hits of the time…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

BDS Back to Front

June 1, 2017 by  

The BDS phenomenon is not new…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

The Art of the Deal

April 2, 2017 by  

Following Netanyahu’s visit to the White House, a leaked transcript of President’s Trump’s daring proposals about a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians has come to light. Read more

Dr. Steinmeier’s disconnect…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter

January 8, 2017 by  

When Secretary of State John Kerry recently thundered that Israel could choose to be a Jewish state or a democratic state, but not both, he was enthusiastically supported by German Foreign Minister.
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A system’s view of the Arab-Israeli conflict

October 29, 2015 by  

General system theory is the science of “wholeness” whereby the system is viewed as a complex of interacting elements…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

Does Europe need a new enlightenment?….asks Ron Jontof-Hutter

August 11, 2015 by  

Recently, on Jenny Brockie’s Insight program on SBS, I was intrigued by the appearances of Niklas Frank, the son of Hans Frank, Hitler’s governor in Poland, who was hanged in 1946, and West Australian MP Peter Abetz whose family came from blue chip Nazi stock. Read more

The Church, Boycotts and the Jews…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter

July 10, 2015 by  

Towards the end of each year, thousands of churches and concert halls across Europe prepare for a traditional performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Read more