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Thursday 13 December 2007

Respectacles Liverpool Holocaust Memorial Day Project

Liverpool is hosting National Holocaust Memorial Day next month and
especially the imaginative RESPECTacles project, explained below and in
the attached documents. **Please do read them.**
Although this is a project devised and organized by the Town Hall on
behalf of the City of Liverpool, I believe it is vital that the
Jewish community is seen to participate fully and that people outside
Liverpool can also participate, if they can overcome the problem of
transporting their spectacles.
Please do encourage your friends, family and workmates to donate
unwanted spectacles and use their initiative to get them to
our collection point in Harold House, Dunbabin Road, Liverpool L15 6XL.
If you know any VIP who might donate too, we need every bit of good PR.....
Any queries, do mail me or phone 0151 428 2214....
Many thanks




With Liverpool being European Capital of Culture during 2008, an
impressive programme of events has been planned. This includes many
instances like the recent Royal Variety Performance where annual events
are being switched to Liverpool.
It also includes National Holocaust Memorial Day (NHMD) on 27th January,
when the Chief Rabbi and the Archbishop of Canterbury will head the
main commemoration at the Philharmonic Hall, culminating a month-long
programme highlighting the Holocaust, genocide and repression.
The RESPECTacles project, an imaginative and innovative part of the
programme, has resulted from collaboration between the Liverpool Town
Hall and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. It *invites us all to donate
unwanted spectacles* as a mark of our respect for others….see details
summarised in the **attached documents: -** **a poster/flyer prepared by
the Town Hall; and some notes prepared for the Jewish community before
notification was received that the Town Hall was preparing a poster.******

**Jewish involvement**

Of course, NHMD is Town Hall organised and RESPECTACLES is Town Hall
inspired, but the Town Hall has taken great pains to seek Jewish advice
and help. Former Merseyside Jewish Representative Council President,
Naomi Kingston, has been their mentor and guide. It is confidently
expected that the entire Jewish community, well beyond the confines of
Liverpool will do their utmost to try to find ways of transporting
unwanted spectacles to Liverpool. Scousers countywide take especial note!
Where possible, spectacles need to be in reasonable condition. Sun
glasses are fine, but bifocal and varifocal lenses can probably not be
reconditioned and reused by Vision Aid Overseas. **Spectacle cases are
not required.******
**On an optional basis, donors are invited to label their spectacles**
with the names of the donor and the person they wish to be
remembered......a representation of the //kindertransport //tagging of
around 10,000 children, mostly Jewish, who were sent without their
parents out of Austria, Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia to
Britain with numbered cards tied round their necks.
A complete written record will be kept of the numbers of spectacles
collected at Harold House and in total, and subsequently displayed.
*_After NHMD, all spectacles will be donated via Vision Aid Overseas to
people with poor eyesight in the developing world._*
Ultimately, NHMD not only highlights the tragedy of the Holocaust and
the communities that suffered, but also seeks to educate people
individually and collectively about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism
and other forms of discrimination. It is also a reminder that the crimes
committed during the Holocaust and more recent genocides must never be
forgotten or repeated.
It should also be noted that *Muslims have confirmed the withdrawal
of their boycott of NHMD*.
It is Liverpool's hope that everyone who can will make an individual
symbolic act of commemorating the Holocaust by donating spectacles for
the RESPECTacles project. Please do participate.

A familiar Holocaust image is piles of spectacles and other personal
possessions confiscated by the Nazis to dehumanise victims in the death
The RESPECTacles project will use spectacles to combat prejudice
You are urged to give your unwanted spectacles for the RESPECTacles
display open to the public
during the week 21st to 25th January in Liverpool Town Hall
To raise awareness of the Nazi atrocities
To inspire young people to RESPECT each other and RESPECT difference
To reject the evils of indifference and dehumanisation
To help people with poor eyesight in the developing world, as all
collected spectacles will be donated through Vision Aid Overseas
(Tel 722 3303)


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