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The Holocaust and photography
Yad Vashem has opened a new exhibition “Flashes of Memory – Photography during the Holocaust”.
Visual documentation is one of the major factors in shaping historical awareness of the Holocaust. Alongside archival documentation of the period’s events and the research on these records, visual documentation has contributed significantly towards knowledge of the Holocaust, influenced the manner in which it has been analysed and understood, and affected the way it has been engraved in the collective memory.
The camera, with its manipulative power, has tremendous impact and far-reaching influence. Although photography purports to reflect reality as it is, it is essentially an interpretation of it, since elements such as worldview, values and moral perception influence the choice of the object to be photographed as well as how it is presented. Different agencies took photographs during the Holocaust. For the Nazi German regime, photography and film-making played a crucial role in propaganda as a means of expression and a tool for manipulating and mobilizing the masses. This kind of documentation attests to Nazi ideology and how German leaders sought to mould their image in the public eye. Conversely, Jewish photography was a component in the struggle for survival of the Jews imprisoned in the ghettos, and a manifestation of underground activity that testified to their desire to document and transmit information on the tragedy befalling their people. The Allied armies, who understood the informational value of photographing the camps they liberated, documented the scenes revealed to them, bringing in official photographers and encouraging soldiers to commemorate the Nazi horrors as evidence for future war crimes trials and in an effort to re-educate the German population. Who can forget the words of Richard Dimbledy as he entered Belsen in April 1945 and its support pictures.
This exhibit presents a critical examination of documentation through the camera lens, focusing on the circumstances of the photograph and the worldview of the photographer, while referring to the Jewish photographers’ different and unique viewpoints as direct victims of the Holocaust.
All items on display are replicas of the originals.
Southend Airport summer boast
Have you ever considered London Southend Airport as your holiday departure point? In 2017 it was ranked the best London airport by Which?. It is only 50 miles from Golders Green, perhaps a little further than Stansted (42 miles), certainly closer than Gatwick (60 miles around the M25) and very much more user friendly than Luton (30 miles). The parking is right outside the terminal and vastly cheaper than any of the aforementioned. By train there is six services per hour from Liverpool Street that also stops at Stratford, with the walk at the other end to the terminal covered and less than three minutes. And if the need is to overnight the delightful Holiday Inn has an excellent rooftop bar where you can watch the planes, and enjoy a drink.
The airport never seems to be busy. It handled just over one million passengers last year (Luton 15m) with the largest aircraft easyJet’s 180-seat Airbus A320. Check-in on the ground floor, up the escalator and into the lounge with a large selection of shops all run (except World Duty Free) by the airport operator, Stobart, a spin-off from the ubiquitous transport company. There is the Skylife executive lounge too for those with the right passes or on payment (from £15.95). No air bridges but plenty of help available for those less mobile. And on the return the luggage is off very quickly.
For summer 2018 London Southend will serve around 70 points with Amsterdam (up to three flights a day) easily the most popular, with Alicante next up. Plenty of Spanish destinations and Paris too. Dublin is intriguing as it also provides a virtually seamless connection to New York and a number of North American destinations via a US border control at the Irish capital’s airport. At the other end you are landside with no formalities to complete. No flights to Tel Aviv yet, with the furthest destination Tenerife South.
New for 2018 is Air Malta to Cagliari, Catania and Valletta. If you fancy a English Lake District holiday this summer you can fly non-stop to Carlisle.
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Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc, the London brewer and premium pub company gained Kosher certification for seven of its best-known beer brands – London Pride, Black Cab Stout, ESB, India Pale Ale, London Porter, Organic Honey Dew and Wild River, all only available in bottles. The decision to apply was in response to a request from the Israeli importer – but will give the brewer access to the Jewish market in other countries across the globe. The certification has been granted by the Manchester Beth Din.
Simon Dodd, Managing Director of The Fuller’s Beer Company, said: “This is great news for any beer lovers who are looking for Kosher brands and I’m delighted to be taking our fantastic beer to new markets. Israel is just one of around 80 countries we export to – but the implications of our Kosher certification spread much wider. It will allow a whole new group of customers, particularly in the UK and the US, to enjoy the delicious brews we make at Chiswick. I’m hoping that we will shortly be holding a Head Brewer’s Roadshow, showcasing these beers, in the North London area.”