The Justice Principle – Part 1


April 18, 2018

Introduced by Ted Baillieu, former Premier of Victoria.

Dassi Erlich and her two sisters are a formidable force.

Their ongoing battle to extradite former headmistress Malka Leifer from Israel to face sexual abuse allegations in Australia has made headlines across the globe.

But despite the public attention, the personal stories of the three sisters have remained largely private.

In the first program of a two-part special, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper give their first Australian interviews and, together with Dassi, speak candidly about their time at the Adass Israel school in Melbourne.

The program also features extracts from Dassi Erlich’s teenage diary which provide a haunting account of her traumatic childhood.

Related links
Support information | 1800 Respect National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence counselling service – 1800 737 732

ABC News feature | Inside the insular Jewish community where school headmistress alleged preyed on girls

Overseas viewers | Watch ‘The Justice Principle’ part 1 on ABC News Youtube

Producer profile | A brief bio about the producer of The Justice Principle, Belinda Hawkins


INTRODUCTION: Hi, I’m Ted Baillieu, former Premier of Victoria. Tonight’s story is one in which I and others have had a huge interest.

For years, Dassi Erlich and her two sisters harboured a chilling secret about their former principal, Malka Leifer. When they finally exposed her, it would spark a decade long legal battle to bring her back to Australia.

Tonight, Dassi and her sisters reveal the deeply personal story behind their very public campaign.

DASSI ERLICH: If I looked in a looking glass 10 years ago, when I was 20 years old, I would have never in my wildest dreams imagined that this is where I would be today. We really had no interaction with the outside world. And even if I imagined a different life, lobbying for justice was never a part of it.

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