If you knew Norman Rothfield or knew of him, his family would like to invite you 3.00pm, Sunday 4 July, St Kilda Town Hall, Brighton Rd St Kilda
An early RSVP to the family would be appreciated, either by email tonorma[email protected] or by phone to messagebank at 9482 5574.
The AJDS deeply mourns the passing of Norman Rothfield, who died on 4 June aged 98. Among his many activities, he was a founding member and supporter of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society and an inspiration to all who knew him.
Norman’s 76 years of activism went back to the 1930s in the UK, where he was elected to local government at the Age of 22, and he was a member of many progressive organizations in Australia, including the Council Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism (President 1947), Paths to Peace, and Australian Friends of Peace Now. He was active in the anti-nuclear and the Vietnam peace movements and the Fabian Society.
A detailed obituary can be found in The Age.
Norman was interviewed at length by Phillip Adams of ABC Radio several years ago, and the interview can be played or downloaded via this link.
You can also see a brief video clip of him speaking on December 13 2009 at the AJDS Annual Dinner in response to Denis Altman on Youtube at about 6″25′ onwards.
Norman’s publications included:
The Trial of God-a Challenge to Conventional Thinking (1998)
Many Paths to Peace: The Political Memoirs of Norman Rothfield (1997)