Moshe Fiszman passed away aged 97 

May 16, 2019 by  
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Holocaust survivor Moshe Fiszman has passed away in Melbourne.

Moshe Fiszman

Moshe Fiszman  at 17 years of age was a young man who suddenly became the sole carer for his family in the ghetto at Radom, Poland.

For the next five years Moshe was interned as a slave labourer at five different Concentration camps including Auschwitz.

As Moshe would say “How I survived I will never know “.  He did survive and went on to be a caring husband of his wife now 99 and a loving father to his two daughters.

Moshe gave his testimony on a regular basis to the Aboriginal men in drug and alcohol recovery as part of the program I devised to help these men learn about William Cooper and to witness a role model in Moshea man who survived against all the odds.

Moshe told of the day, lying in the snow with the last of the survivors after a final “Death“ march, he realised they were finally free; the Nazis had fled, fearing the advancing Russian Army.

Freedom after five and a half years meant no family, no country, no future.  He wept for twenty-four hours, then picked himself up and decided to go on.  His mission was to search for any remaining family members.

 Most importantly, though, his mission was to tell what really happened during the Holocaust, to make sure those who were murdered were honoured by his telling their story and to keep their memory alive.

 Now it is Moshe’s story that must be kept alive. I am hopeful in my own small way through my film Ties that Bind, Moshe’s story will inspire and will be shared, and it will honour his family and all those who perished, for generations to come.

May his name  and his  memory be as a blessing.

Obituary by Viv Parry

Moshe Fiszman Died May 13, 2019.



2 Responses to “Moshe Fiszman passed away aged 97 ”
  1. Cailin Smart says:

    Moshe was my first friend when I moved to Melbourne in 2016 while working at Maxy’s. I visited The Holocaust Centre on my days off and spent hours listening to stories. I am beyond sad to learn of his passing, but also feel incredibly blessed to have been able to know him. How he survived and still lived his life after the horrors he went through…What a strong person, and a loving soul.

  2. Eli Rabinowitz says:

    I never met Moshe Fiszman, but I have watched and studied a 9 minute video of Moshe and Uncle Boydie, produced by Viv Parry, which has greatly influenced me. This film will serve as an introduction to an inspiring global project being launched in Australia in August, funded by the US Department of State:

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