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Mira Crouch

Mira Crouch

Mira Crouch was born in Belgrade, then Yugoslavia, in 1932. Her mother was Serbian and her father, a newcomer, was an Austro-Hungarian Jew who had settled in Belgrade in the early 1920s. WW2 brought disaster to Mira"s family as her father, her grandmother, uncles and aunts were murdered by the Nazis in the early 1940s. As a "person of mixed blood", Mira was exempt from persecution and lived through the war, cared for by her mother and her maternal kin. Mira"s memoir War Fare: substance in time of fear and want is a chronicle of the events during 1941-45, when food was the main preoccupations of a family trying to survive through the German occupation of their country.

Mira"s mother re-married after the War, and the family left Yugoslavia for Israel in early 1951, with the intention to join Mira"s maternal uncle in Sydney. Mira enrolled at Sydney University in 1952 and graduated with First Class Honours in Psychology in 1956. In 1958 she joined the Sydney Technical College as a Students" Counsellor where she remained till the birth of her son in 1970. She became a part-time tutor at the School of Sociology at the University of New South Wales, progressing to a full-time appointment in the following year and eventually becoming a tenured Senior Lecturer. She retired from active teaching at the age of 71 in 2003, but continued to pursue her academic interests as a Visiting Fellow at UNSW. Both her memoirs were written in retirement.

Link to her book in store: Almost Home.

email: miracrouch@optusnet.com.au