My Mother Took Me To The Cricket
Robin Devries’ journey to writing this book began with the discovery of a treasure trove of photographs taken by his father in Germany before WWII. Seeing the ‘world that was’, the happy, full lives that his parents led in Europe set in motion a rumination on the way their escape from Nazi Germany impacted on them and in turn on Robin. He writes of his formative years in Melbourne and that as a way to integrate into Australian society his mother ‘took him to the cricket.’
In the book Robin writes about his years of work in different financial roles, including his time with Bond Corporation and later for Keri Packer, with honesty and humour. He discuses his personal life, connection to Judaism and his thoughts about Jews in the Diaspora.
Once on this journey of discovery, Robin began research on the Devries and Gomper(t)z lines of his family. Through the tool of fictionalisation he has traced his routes back hundreds of years to the Court Jews of Europe. The sugar plantations of Surinam and through the stellar achievements of the English branch of the family.
This book is a cornucopia of fascinating stories of a family line of Europeans who ended up in Australia, so far from their routes but where they were able to adapt once again and make a life for themselves.