Melbourne Jewish community leader killed in Queensland mourned
A lawyer who specialised in pro-bono work and the vice-president of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Mr Hermann has been remembered as a devoted father of three, passionate about helping those most vulnerable and a real “mensch” – a Yiddish term describing a person with great honour and integrity.
“He was a wonderful man. He was dedicated to his family and his community. He worked quietly behind the scenes to improve the life of many people,” said Jennifer Huppert, President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria.
“He very much was concerned with the protection of children. He worked with us in ensuring the support of victims of abuse.
“As part of his legal pro-bono work, he worked with JCCV to ensure the Jewish community knew their obligations regarding child protection.
“He didn’t do it because he was seeking recognition, he did it because he thought it was the right thing. He worked quietly and stepped forward when required.
“From his colleagues from Jewish community, he will be remembered as a strong advocate for the community who assisted those most vulnerable and worked across communities.
“He was a true mensch.”
Matthew Hibbins, the managing partner at law firm MinterEllison where Mr Hermann worked, remembered him as “dearly loved by his colleagues and all the community and charity organisations he worked alongside”.
As the director of pro bono and community investment, Mr Hermann inspired others at the firm with his strong sense of purpose and commitment to social justice, Mr Hibbins said.
“He was a down-to-earth, humble man with an inspiring capacity to make real connections with many people. He was a man of strong values and integrity who touched many lives, and made a real difference, within the firm and in the broader community.
“Anton has contributed to building the social conscience of the legal sector, which is now far more attuned to the importance and significance of giving and driving social causes in the community.
John Gould, President of the Maccabi Cycling Club, said Mr Hermann was a passionate cyclist and committed club member who often donated his time and energy to help the club draft legal documents for various events and then participating in them.
He had passed on his love for cycling to his son Joel, who had also been involved in the club, Mr Gourd said.
“I cannot conceive how anyone could be a greater supporter of the Maccabi Cycling Club than Anton. This was all backed up by his enormous, warm smile that drew others in to share the joy.”
On Facebook, Mr Hermann has been mourned by Australian Jewish organisations across the country, as well as friends and community groups.
Yan is a reporter for The Age.