Monthly Archives: February 2016

After the Walk: returning home

notes from walker Julia Simmons Thinking about blame, and the effect of power, corrupting and changing people. What would the SS guard have been like if circumstances were different. (Psych experiment prisoners and warders) What ifs …. Sharing experiences of … Continue reading

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After the Walk: Visiting Esther

notes from Lorna Brunstein: We returned from Germany and even though I was aware I was coming down with a cold and was also completely exhausted by the trip, I  knew I had to visit mum as soon as possible. … Continue reading

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Maps and tanks…more layers

Walking into the Commons building at Bath Spa University I was stunned to see the map still showing in satellite view on the MediaWall. It was showing the last day of the walk, live as we had left it. My … Continue reading

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Extinct orchids

Last day in Germany we returned to the garden centre on the edge of the slave labour camp, Waldeslust. Somehow seemed appropriate to make the full circle and to buy an orchid grown on the site. It was as if … Continue reading

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Walk Day 2: Winsen to Belsen

thoughts and comments from Richard White: Indifference is granular, as we walk deeper into all this, into ourselves, history and the terrain we find fewer explanations and more to make sense of. The heroic carpenter of Winsen who hid the … Continue reading

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Walk Day 1 From Ovelgonne to Winsen

It begins again. At first its a history tour, a site visit then as the conversations begin and the elements take their toll, emotion and contemporary resonances start to manifest themselves. We hear of a phone call, only yesterday, an … Continue reading

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Belsen behind the barbed wire

Its about layers and what we tell ourselves and are told about each one. What happens when you dig through them and question through. Lorna took her first soil sample from the yard of a house built within the barbed … Continue reading

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Preparing the way

First days in Germany A teddy bear in a museum/gallery in Celle Synagogue reduces me to tears. A childhood under the shadow of the swastika. An empty room with a tin bath and a teddy. A child’s toy bears witness. … Continue reading

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