||John Foster was born in 1944 in Melbourne. After undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne and postgraduate studies in Britain and Germany, Foster returned to Melbourne University in 1970 to lecture in modern German and Jewish history until illness forced his early retirement in 1993. Editor of 'Community of Fate: Memoirs of German Jews in Melbourne', Foster's illness sadly prevented him completing his major study of German-Jewish industrialists between 1880 and 1940. Gardening was one of his passions (he was a descendant of Taylor gardeners) and he wrote about garden design. Foster was also author of 'Take me to Paris, Johnny', a book that paid tribute to Foster's partner Juan Cespedes who died in 1987. The book was shortlisted for the 1993 Age Book of the Year. John Foster died on 6 May 1994.
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