Josef is Mum’s father. He was Polish and a part of the Resistance during World War Two. The experience disturbed him and eventually led him to extreme alcoholism. He married Julie in Germany and the two moved to Australia. Though Josef was initially trustworthy and kind, the trauma he experienced in the war soon made him violent and delusional. Though he became quite wealthy, he never was able to accept state authority and was jailed several times for refusing to pay taxes. He soon lost all the family’s money and property to loan sharks.
Josef Quotes in A Long Way Home
The A Long Way Home quotes below are all either spoken by Josef or refer to Josef. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of A Long Way Home published in 2013.).
Josef Character Timeline in A Long Way Home
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6. My Mum's Journey