Esther Brunstein

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Esther at 70

Esther Brunstein, the Esther we honour in this project and series of walks, the Esther who has been our inspiration throughout, died earlier this week.

The closing exhibition of the Honouring Esther project is deliberately timed around the Holocaust Memorial Day events. One of the objectives was to explore how we might find new ways of working with survivor testimony in the sure knowledge that they wouldn’t be with us for much longer. Esther is no longer with us.

Esther Brunstein was one of the key figures in the campaign for a Holocaust Memorial Day. She became active as a public speaker challenging Holocaust deniers during the period covered by the forthcoming film ‘Denial’ speaking at major public events and schools colleges and universities up and down the country. As a child Esther was immersed in the philosophy of the Bund, the Jewish workers socialist movement and the vibrant Yiddish culture of pre WW2 Europe, she was a passionate internationalist and human rights activist. She spoke at the United Nations on the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Esther’s is one of the voices you will hear if you visit the Holocaust gallery at the Imperial War Museum. She touched thousands of lives including that of a school boy now a doctor who cared for her in her last days. He remembered her speaking at his school when he was a sixth former.

We pay our respects, celebrate her life and continue in that spirit of love and intenationalism. The exhibition will run, 26-29 Jan as advertised in Bath at 44AD Gallery.

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One Response to Esther Brunstein

  1. Peter Jackson says:

    Lorna, Richard

    This is very sad news but I hope she died quietly and without suffering. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her, in a way I felt I knew her through having her voice on the CD you kindly gave me and from what you told me of her.

    Esther would always be an example of courage combined with great humanity and compassion. If there is likely to be some form of memorial tribute her maybe you could let me know.

    Hearing this news, I feel even more remorse at having to miss the closing down exhibition next week. If I could have fixed our holiday at any other time I would have done, and for myself I would have been free to do so but the other two have commitments which limit them to just that week.

    I do look forward to seeing the photographs and to meeting you again in Bath when convenient to you.

    I am hoping to give an illustrated talk on Waldeslust and the RAF station to a group of RAF veterans which meet in our village. They have agreed that I can and it will be on or near Holocaust Memorial Day next. I would very much like to include some of the documents and photos you sent me, if you will allow me to.

    With my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and a remarkable woman.

    Peter

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