In this issue: Daniela Torsh pays tribute to Lenka Matušiková, who has retired as Deputy Director of the Czech National Archives. Peter Nash reflects on how his family research has touched his life and Rose Raymen, from WA, tells the story of Gustav Otto Heinrich Pietsch, a German  Merchant Navy officer who risked his life to protect his Jewish neighbours, fled to Israel and eventually settled in Western Australia.

In other news:

  • AJGS Library catalog is now searchable online
  • A new Holocaust Museum announced for Canberra
  • FamilytreeDNA merges with an Australian genomics company
  • Leo Baeck Institute launches an exhibition celebrating Germanic Jewry
  • NAA to digitise all WWII service records, and
  • Monica Perrot shares her family story: From Edelweiss to Flannel Flower

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Kosher Koala SUMMER/FEBRUARY 2021



Kosher Koala is edited by Dani Haski. We welcome article submissions from AJGS members. Feature articles can be between 1200-1400 words; news articles ~300 words; DIY or Sledgehammer submissions ~800 words. If you have a story or some interesting genealogical news you would like to contribute to Kosher Koala please email the editor.


AJGS is pleased to announce the launch of our newsfeed.

The AJGS newsfeed will extend our newsletter's tradition and highlight interesting stories, links and discoveries from the world of Jewish Genealogy in a timely and searchable format. It will NOT replace the Kosher Koala Newsletter, which will continue to be published.

We hope both the AJGS newsfeed and Kosher Koala will help us help you with your genealogical detective work by sharing the most interesting and useful stories from around the world with you and by sharing your stories with our members. 

We love to highlight the hard work and well deserved success of our members so let us know your success story. If you've had a breakthrough or have found a new resource you would like shared with other members please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at

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