Defence

The Immigrant’s Story

The number of immigrants arriving in Australia from Europe increased rapidly just before and after the Second World War. As a postwar immigrant myself I would like to comment on how my experiences differ from the main characters in three Australian books. Moniek Prochownik, the unfulfilled artist in Alex Miller’s novel Prochownik’s Dream (2005), migrated to Australia looking for dignity and freedom. Perhaps it was due to his bad war memories, his first work experiences, or his over-protective family, that he failed to take the opportunities that Australia offered. Feliks and Kornelia Skrzynecki, remembered by their son Peter in his…

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