Posted On 10 Dec 2012
A heroic act of solidarity with persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany by an Aboriginal activist comes full circle – 74 years later.
Original article here: https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-aborigines-denounce-nazis-74-years-on-1.5270435
SYDNEY — One of the most remarkable protests against the “cruel persecution” of the Jews by the Nazis has finally been completed – 74 years after it was initiated in faraway Australia.
Just weeks after Kristallnacht, William Cooper, an Aboriginal elder of the Yorta Yorta tribe, led a delegation to the German consulate in Melbourne to deliver a petition condemning the Nazis treatment of the Jews.
Cooper, then the 77-year-old secretary of the Australian Aborigines League, was denied entry to the consulate.
But last Thursday, exactly 74 years to the day, Cooper’s 84-year-old grandson Alf “Boydie” Turner and great-grandson Kevin Russell along with about a dozen other family members handed over a duplicate letter of protest.