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Old 17th August 2009, 10:04 AM   #1
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Emery Barcs: Backyard of Mars

Is the most vivid and accurate account of the refugee period in Austalian history yet written. Emery Barcs a correspondent with a firm of Hungarian newspapers, had just been expelled from Mussolini's Italy in 1938 when he decided to break with Europe and come to Australia..........

He arrived with his wife and with his only prospects eight letters from various European newspapers expressing mild interest in news from Australia. These sources of income rapidly disappeared as war engulfed Europe. From then on Barcs was on his own.

In a country in which all his fellow refugees were encountering bitter prejudice, Barcs almost immediately began contributing to the Sydney Daily Telegraph and was accepted as a member of the Australian Journalists Association. This was while doctors and dentists, just arrived were forbidden to practice without passing exams at Australian universities.

Soon after Pearl Harbor, Barcs, with a seemingly random selection of his fellow countryment, was interned. This experience Barcs describes with great feeling and some surprising humor.

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What an interesting story.

If forum particpants have other memorable books or stories about Australia please post them on this forum.

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Old 18th August 2009, 08:04 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Sheelagh Blanckenberg View Post
What an interesting story.
I knew him personally. BARCS Imre was a very interesting person, a great storyteller.
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