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Mark Aarons

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Mark Aarons
Born25 December 1951 (1951-12-25) (age 72)
Parent(s)Laurie Aarons, Carole Arkistall

Mark Aarons (born 25 December 1951) is an Australian journalist and author. He was a political adviser to New South Wales Premier Bob Carr.


Aarons was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, but he was brought up in Sydney. He was educated at Fairfield Boys High School and North Sydney Boys High School. He is the son of the late Laurie Aarons, former secretary of the Communist Party of Australia. Aarons was also a member of the Communist Party of Australia from 1969 to 1978, and a Young Communist organiser in 1977.[1]

Aarons' activism started at North Sydney Boys High School in the mid-1960s, especially in organising students to protest the Vietnam War. His 1986 ABC radio documentary series Nazis in Australia prompted the Bob Hawke government's inquiry into war criminals and formation of Special Investigations Unit.[2][3]

Aarons contends that right-wing authoritarian regimes and dictatorships backed by Western powers committed atrocities and mass killings that rival the Communist world, citing examples such as the Indonesian mass killings of 1965–66 and the killings associated with Operation Condor throughout South America.[4]


  • Aarons, Mark & John Loftus (1991). Ratlines : how the Vatican's Nazi networks betrayed Western intelligence to the Soviets. William Heinemann.
  • Aarons, Mark & John Loftus (1992). Unholy trinity : how the Vatican's Nazi networks betrayed Western intelligence to the Soviets (U.S. ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • East Timor: A Western Made Tragedy, Sydney: Left Book Club, 1992.
  • The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People, with John Loftus, St. Martin's Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-312-15648-0
  • War Criminals Welcome: Australia, a Sanctuary for War Criminals Since 1945, Melbourne: Black Inc., 2001
  • Aarons, Mark (March 2009). "The Nation Reviewed: Hideout". The Monthly. 43: 14–16.
  • The Family File, Melbourne: Black Inc., 2010.
  • Aarons, Mark (2010). "The family file : ASIO, the Archives and the Aarons family". Memento. Vol. 39. National Archives of Australia. pp. 19–21.
  • Aarons, Mark (August 2010). "The Hollowmen". The Monthly. 59: 22–27.
  • The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement (co-authored with John Grenville), Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2017.


  1. ^ Dynasties: Mark Aarons. Retrieved 28 April 2011
  2. ^ NSBHS HSC 1969
  3. ^ Excerpt from page 104 of A History of the Democratic Socialist Party and the Resistance, Volume I by John Percy: “........... Alan Tomlinson, one of the more conservative students in HSSAWV, who went to the same school as Mark Aarons, North Sydney Boys High, and .......” (This is accessible on internet)
  4. ^ Aarons, Mark (2007). "Justice Betrayed: Post-1945 Responses to Genocide". In Blumenthal, David A.; McCormack, Timothy L. H. (eds). The Legacy of Nuremberg: Civilising Influence or Institutionalised Vengeance? (International Humanitarian Law). Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. pp. 71 and 80–81. ISBN 9004156917.

External links[edit]

  • Dynasties, a program on Aarons and his family's history broadcast in January 2006