Ongoing: Research, development and fundraising for Germany 2016 walk
On Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27 2015 we launched Forced Walks: Honouring Esther. We are still desperately short of cash and a donation page is available here. We are continuing to explore local human rights resonances and are particularly keen to hear from local historians and WW2 veterans and their families, second and third generation survivors, liberators, perpetrators and witnesses. We are building a large online following so that people can continue to engage with the project. Follow this blog and like or follow on our social media.
April 14 and 15 2015 Walk
Forced Walks:Honouring Esther left Frome on Tuesday April 14 and arrived at the Jewish Burial Ground in Bath on Wednesday April 15 2015, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen Belsen Death Camp. . At the points where the symbolic line of the death march route crosses the path of the actual walk we paused to reflect and share, face to face and online. Walkers were encouraged to record and share their experience in sound, text or images, online and on paper.
July 13 to 19 2015 Exhibition
Documentation, creative responses and material gathered on the walks were the starting point for an exhibition of documentation and new work at 44AD Gallery in Bath in July.
February 2016 ‘repatriating memories’
In February 2016, the 71st anniversary of the day the death march from Ovelgönne to Belsen, we will complete the walk, in Germany, arriving at the site of the camp itself.
Call for Expressions of Interest
If you would like to take part in this process of walking witness, offer a route, join or support a walk online or on foot let us know.