HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL EVENT HELD AT SHROPSHIRE COUNCILS SHIREHALL BY SHREWSBURY COLLEGE OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY.
This evening we attended the Shirehall for a Shropshire Council and Shropshire Equalities Forum Holocaust Memorial Event. There was music provided by the Klezmer Band, singing from the Malenka Choir.
Readings regarding the Holocaust and Hate Crime, and a drama played out by Students from Shrewsbury College regarding the Holocaust and Hate Crime.
The Holocaust was in fact a crime of Hate by a State and State persecution still goes on today in various parts of the world, Hate Crime is seem on our own streets in various guises.
A short vidio was shown that had been made after a “Respect Me” week that involved year 9 students from Belvidere Modern School and Key stage 2 students from Cromoor Primary School. Students from Belvidere Modern wrote and recorded a song about “Respect” that was played over the film, a very moving vidio. Please click on the following link to read what this week was about and those agencies and partners that were very much involved in the week long event, yet behind the scenes we must remember that there was much more time and effort given by the students, thank you: http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2011-04-04-respect-is-the-name-of-the-game
Above from the Left Georgina Cusack (Shrewsbury College) Yours Truly, Tricia (Mayoress) and Kal Pakkasm (Shropshire Council)
The event was introduced by Cllr Martin Bennett, who gave a really interesting insight and informative presentation, showing that “Hate Crime” nis nothing new as there are records going back to the 12th Century. We all agree that now is the time that all kinds/types of “Hate Crime” should stop.
Many of what was said this evening hit home to me and reminded me of my visit to our twin town Zutphen in May 2011. Our visit was themed around rememberance of the last war, and we traveled from Anne Frank’s house using the same route to a transit camp called Rondleiding Kamp Westerbork. Their next stop from this camp was Bergen Belson or Auschwitz Birkenau.
Above: A memorial for the more than one 104.000 who perished at the hands of the Nazis was forged from the very tracks, and at the exact location, where the cursed railroad inside the camp once ended.
Please follow the following link to the Kamp Westerbork Web-Site. You will see how/why this place will always stay in my memory. Thank you: http://www.warmuseums.nl/gal/112gal.htm also this next link will explain more about Westerbork and the Holocaust. http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/othercamps/westerbork.html
I have visited Bergen Belson, Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam and I have travelled the journey from Amsterdam to Westerbork Camp. All three of those places will stay within my memory for the rest of my life, for some reason Westerbork Camp with the barbed wire logo, the peble wall at the end of the railway line, the upturned rails and the red stones with the star and other faith emblems representing the 102,000 people who passed through this camp, causes me nights when I find it hard to sleep. I live in hope that we learn from the past so we do not ever repeat the same evil deeds in the future. We must have Respect for each other. Be strong “SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT”
Patricia Tiber, of Arizona, USA after visiting Westerbork wrote: “Camp Westerbork now serves as a reminder to us all of the evil deeds men are capable of inflicting upon their fellow man. Lest we forget! A total of 93 train transports left Westerbork; 102,000 people died, only 5,000 of deportees returned.”
Above I am pictured at the gates into the Westerbork Camp, just outside the camp close to the gate is the Camp Commandants House and is being restored to its wartime condition. On our trip to Zutphen in May 2011 we took two 18 year old Air Cadets from 1119 Sqn. That trip was all about remembering the war and how it affected the people of Holland and the suffering that they endured. Please click on the following link to see just a little of what we learnt and how we were all affected by what we saw and heard whilst we were there for this special event. Thank you: https://mayorofshrewsbury.wordpress.com/special-bits-pieces/
My Civic Service will be held on the 12th February 2012 at 3pm in Shrewsbury Abbey and I can now say followed by tea at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust Centre Abbey Foregate. If you are planning on coming to the service please make sure that you let the Mayors Secretary Carol Pullen know by either phoning her on 01743 257655 or return the bottom part of the invitation if you have one. The church has a limit and it will be nice if we can fill every seat in there.
MAYORS CHARITY SPRING BALL
Please have a look at the MAYORS CHARITY SPRING BALL page as I have added a preview of what the menu of the evening should look like. Please click on the following link to take you there. Thank you.
Click on the following link to go to the SHREWSBURY/ ZUTPHEN Twinning Web-site. Thank you. http://www.shrewsburyzutphentwinning.co.uk/live/welcome.asp?id=3506#page_content
Please click on the following link to go to the ZUTPHEN Holland web-site. Thank you. http://www.zutphen.nl/
MY NEW ON-LINE SURVEY
As reported in the Shropshire Star, I am campaigning to have the footbridge from the Frankwell Car Park to the Riverside Shopping Centre called “The Zutphen Bridge”. As many will know that we are twinned with Zutphen a town in Holland and this connection between the two towns goes back further than the official 1977 Twinning ceremony, also further back than the Second World War. In fact our association with Zutphen goes back as far as 1586, when a certain Sir Philip Sidney was killed whilst attempting to push the Spanish out of Zutphen. In Zutphen they have Shrewsbury a traffic island named after Shrewsbury, as they are Proud in being twinned with Shrewsbury, I feel we should show our pride in a similar way and what better than a bridge.
MAYOR OF SHREWSBURY WILL BE PLACED INTO POLICE CUSTODY 27/28th FEBRUARY 2012. CHARITY LOCK-UP “THE MORE YOU PAY – THE LONGER I STAY”
In aid of the Police Community Fund and The Mayors Charity Fund
100 BRASS AND VOICES. ST CHADS CHURCH 28th APRIL 2012.
In aid of St Chads Restoration Fund and The Mayors Charity Fund
DETAILS TO FOLLOW SOON