The AJDS often hosts unique events and gatherings, attended by a diverse crowd that gathers to talk in ways otherwise unavailable. We cherish these moments and always try to keep a record of each as best we can – notes, pictures, and recordings. For this reason, we call upon our members and supporters to dig deep and if possible, spare a few dollars towards our camcorder fund. Whatever you can give will go a long way, guaranteeing that what we do is kept on record for posterity.
Founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Joan Nestle, has said that “the AJDS archives inhabit a contested field of memory,” insisting that we must be able to properly record our organisation’s work, in order to contest the exile space dismissively allotted to us as a supposedly radical voice.
If you have some equipment you would like to donate to the AJDS, get in touch with us here.
If you have some wisdom in this area and wish to share it, please get in touch.
Every bit helps.
AJDS community organizer, Max Kaiser, has interviewed one of our key members, Robin Rothfield, about his time in the AJDS. Robin’s perspective, as that of the oldest member of the executive, is precious. You can listen to the interview here.
This recording will form part of the AJDS Oral History Project, a record of personal stories of political involvement and activism within and beyond the Australian Jewish community. The executive came up with this project as a way of commemorating the organization on this, its thirtieth year.
Next month we will publish another interview, and another on each subsequent month of this year.