Today I was privileged to go to an exhibition honouring Esther, the mother of one of the two artists who created the exhibition: Esther is a survivor of a Nazi death march from Hanover to Belsen (1945).
The exhibition continues until 19 July in the centre of Bath (Abbey Churchyard), so do catch it if you possibly can.
I wish (hope) it could travel to other places – it is a moving and unusual response to a terrible event in history, but as important as remembering the past, the focus of this exhibition is on learning lessons and making links with what is happening today, in our own world.
The exhibition is a fascinating fusion/synthesis of Lorna’s lived experience as the child of a holocaust survivor, and Richard’s passion for walking and heritage. They are both talented artists, and despite ‘knowing’ all the facts behind the exhibition all my life, I came away with a new perspective and insight.
The exhibition reflects (and reflects on) a walk they did in company with other people replicating the length of the forced march, over two days, starting in Frome and finishing in Bath (at the Jewish Burial Ground) on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belsen death camp.
If you can’t get along to the exhibition, do browse the website. It makes fascinating reading.