Holocaust survivor vies for council role

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Holocaust survivor Henry Buch this month announced his candidacy for the seat of Canal in the City of Port Phillip. One of a handful of survivors of the Warsaw ghetto, he survived by being disguised as a little non-Jewish girl and eventually arrived to Australia as an orphan. Although in his early years he was not aware of his Jewishness, he soon made up for lost time. Indeed, his Jewishness has become a defining factor in his later years.

He is heavily involved in the Jewish Holocaust museum, is a volunteer at Jewish Care and has, for several years, served and continues to serve on the Board of St Kilda Shule.

But Henry also says that his Holocaust experience and his acceptance as an infant refugee in Australia has shaped the way he feels. That includes his gratitude to the country that took him in. He wants to give back to the community that allowed him to develop and grow professionally as both a physiotherapist and podiatrist.

“We’re lucky to live in Australia and I want to make it the most beautiful place to live”, says Henry.

This is not Henry’s first foray into politics having previously been a candidate and serving on several councils. He recently relocated into Port Phillip and feels passionate about having Jewish representation on council. He stands as an Independent because he is adamant about not representing any particular party. “I represent the community”, he says with a wry smile.

In his personal life, Henry is a family man and, recently, also a grandfather.

Council elections will be held on Shabbat 22nd October. Postal voting is available by registering on the City of Port Phillip website.

Henry can be contacted on henrybuchforcanalward@gmail.com

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