Erwin Rado and the Melbourne Film Festival

The Lamm Jewish Library of Australia proudly presents a lecture by Dr Andrew Markus, accomplished historian and academic.

Hear about the remarkable life of Erwin Rado, including his early years in Hungary, his migration to Australia, and his post-war experiences as a highly educated immigrant. Despite facing numerous challenges, Rado made a significant contribution to Australian life.

Erwin Rado, the founding father of the Melbourne Film Festival, was a Hungarian Jew who moved to Australia with his wife in 1939. After serving in the Australian army during World War II, he established a photography studio and became the first paid Director of the Melbourne Film Festival in 1956. Under his leadership, the festival became globally recognized as a premier film exhibition. Erwin passed away in 1988 at the age of 73.

Professor Andrew Markus is an accomplished historian and academic, specialising in Australian immigration history. He is a leading authority on the experiences of immigrants in Australia, particularly those who arrived in the post-war period.

Date: Wed 21 June 2023


Lamm Jewish Library of Australia, 304 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South,Melbourne,VIC,Australia, Melbourne,