Two recent books have offered new insights into the remarkable exploits and achievements of the ‘Dunera Boys’.  Leah Garrett’s X Troop recounts the story of a secret commando group made up of Jewish refugees in Australia and elsewhere, who returned to Europe to liberate concentration camps. The Passenger, a lost novel by Ulrich Boschwitz, a Dunera Boy, describes the descending cloak of Nazi atrocities in Germany, and has been translated and published to universal acclaim. Sarah Krasnostein and Gideon Haigh discuss the enduring legacy of the Dunera Boys.

Jonathan Pearlman (moderator), Sarah Krasnostein, Gideon Haigh

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Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, has contributed to more than a hundred newspapers and magazines and has published more than forty books, most recently The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent. He has also just released a collection of long-form non-fiction, Shelf Life: Journalism 2000-2021. Amongst his many writings…

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a multi-award-winning writer and researcher. She is the author of The Trauma Cleaner, The Believer and the Quarterly Essay, On Mental Illness and Vulnerability. Her work has appeared in publications in Australia, America and the UK. She has a doctorate in criminal law.

Jonathan Pearlman

Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of The Jewish Quarterly. He is also editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and world editor of The Saturday Paper. He previously worked at The Sydney Morning Herald, covering foreign affairs and politics from Canberra and Sydney. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Straits Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Spectator, The Diplomat, The Jerusalem Report and Australian Book Review.