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The Ghost Tattoo – Tony Bernard

9781761065415

The Ghost Tattoo – Tony Bernard

9781761065415

$35.00

The Ghost Tattoo – Tony Bernard

$35.00

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The profoundly moving story of a son’s quest to uncover his father’s Holocaust secret.

To the outside world, Henry Bernard was a hard-working and beloved family doctor on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Yet he was also a Holocaust survivor whose life was profoundly affected by the experiences of his past. He took extreme steps for his family’s security, keeping a rifle near his bedroom and covering up his family’s Jewish origin. He was obsessed with paying off debt – the German word for debt being the same as the word for ‘guilt’. He kept his striped Auschwitz uniform with a picture of his mother in his wardrobe. These obsessions helped destroy his marriage and restricted any hope he had of conventional domestic happiness.

But Henry had a bigger secret and a deeper shame about what he had done during the war. He suffered privately until he began returning to Germany and Poland to confront his past and come to terms with the deaths of his parents and of Halina, the love of his life.

The Ghost Tattoo is the story of how Tony Bernard, Henry’s eldest son, went on a forty-year journey with his father to solve the mystery of why Henry was the way he was, and how he finally came to understand the desperate choices Henry had made in the ghetto to try to keep himself and his family alive.

Allen & Unwin 2022, paperback

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The profoundly moving story of a son’s quest to uncover his father’s Holocaust secret.

To the outside world, Henry Bernard was a hard-working and beloved family doctor on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Yet he was also a Holocaust survivor whose life was profoundly affected by the experiences of his past. He took extreme steps for his family’s security, keeping a rifle near his bedroom and covering up his family’s Jewish origin. He was obsessed with paying off debt – the German word for debt being the same as the word for ‘guilt’. He kept his striped Auschwitz uniform with a picture of his mother in his wardrobe. These obsessions helped destroy his marriage and restricted any hope he had of conventional domestic happiness.

But Henry had a bigger secret and a deeper shame about what he had done during the war. He suffered privately until he began returning to Germany and Poland to confront his past and come to terms with the deaths of his parents and of Halina, the love of his life.

The Ghost Tattoo is the story of how Tony Bernard, Henry’s eldest son, went on a forty-year journey with his father to solve the mystery of why Henry was the way he was, and how he finally came to understand the desperate choices Henry had made in the ghetto to try to keep himself and his family alive.

Allen & Unwin 2022, paperback

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Weight .47 kg
Dimensions 23.5 × 15.5 × 2.5 cm

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Terms and conditions:

This ticket gives access to the Museum and all exhibitions.

To redeem your ticket purchase, you must present either a paper or electronic version of this receipt to the Museum’s admissions desk on arrival.

Tickets are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase and can only be used once.

Tickets cannot be cancelled, refunded, exchanged or duplicated.

If you have purchased a concession ticket, please provide appropriate identification on entry to the Museum.

General information:

The Museum opening hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-3pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 10am-4pm

We are also closed on Jewish Holidays. Please check our website for full details.

The Museum has launched an app for iPhones on which you can listen to the voices of Holocaust survivors and perpetrators during your visit to the Museum. We recommend you download the SJM Voices app prior to your arrival. If you have an android phone, please ask at the admissions desk for assistance.

Due to the sensitive nature of the content in the Holocaust exhibition, we recommend that children no younger than 11 years of age attend, and that children under 13 years of age are accompanied by an adult at all times.

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