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Dr Karl Kruszelnicki's Migration

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Alyssa Eyre

on 19 October 2014

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Dr Karl Kruszelnicki's Migration to Australia
Background: Born in a Refugee Camp
• Born in Hälsingborg, Sweden in 1948; although his parents were Polish
• Karl’s father, Ludwik Kruszelnicki was placed in Sachsenhausen, a German Concentration Camp for 3 years
• He escaped by bribing his way out with a tin of sardines
• Rina, Karl’s mother was Jewish and spent 6 years in various Concentration Camps
Reasons for Migration to Australia
• The Kruszelnicki family had intended to migrate to Canada in 1950
• An illness resultant from a childhood immunisation prevented travel, so the family moved to Australia instead
• Ludwik and Rina were persecuted and forced out of their homes, giving them little choice but to leave Europe

Australia's Migration Policies and Settlement
• Arrived on the 8th November 1950 and stayed at Bonegilla Refugee Camp for 3 weeks
•1950 was a time of movement away from a 'White Australia' and towards the ‘Populate or Perish’ campaign
• The Kruszelnickis established their home in Wollongong
Challenges in Australia
• Australian society was not welcoming towards refugees
• Racism and bullying were prominent aspects of Dr Karl’s childhood, despite the safety that Australia offered
• There was strong rivalry between Catholics and Protestants in the mid 20th century, however upon the influx of migrants the groups could ‘gang up’ on a new target
• Arthur Calwell attempted to encourage the acceptance of migrants and refugees

Background: Study and Career
• Dr Karl has a multitude of degrees in the areas of medicine, physics, engineering and mathematics
• He has worked in a varied range of jobs, from taxi driving to biomedical engineering
• Dr Karl has written 34 books, the most recent being ‘Game of Knowns,’ released in October of 2013
• Karl presents segments weekly on radio stations and makes regular appearances on television

Contribution to Australian Society
• Dr Karl worked at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and as a biomedical engineer for Fred Hollows
• He invented a machine which could pick up electrical signals from the eye
• Karl has also won a series of awards and recognition for his work within science and the community, ranging from Harvard University’s 2002 Ig Nobel Prize to being Australia’s ‘Father of the Year’ in 2003
• Dr Karl endeavours to “introduce people to the awe and wonder of the Universe” (Kruszelnicki 2014:para 2)

Dr Karl Today
• Dr Karl is a passionate scientist and doctor who has devoted his life to sharing his love of knowledge and using his skills to assist and inspire the rest of the community
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