On 7 September Footsteps member Simon (helped by Simone Boersma and Bev Bell) was honoured to speak at an Anglo-Polish event in Shrewsbury, England. His talk focused mainly on the Holocaust and learning the lessons of the past. To help the audience understand the scale of lives lost in the Second World War he employed a ribbon for visual impact. 1cm = 1000 lives. By that scale: 60cm = British civilians killed, 3.8 metres = British military losses, 25 metres = non-Jewish Poles, 30 metres = Polish Jews, 55 metres = total Polish losses attributed to the German occupation, and 60 metres depicted Jews killed during the Holocaust. If more ribbon was available it could have been stretched to over 200 metres for Soviet losses and 600 metres for total lives lost during the war. The visual impact is powerful and may be a useful tool for educators. Thanks to Andrzej Branski for these pictures.
Footsteps does not only focus on the Holocaust, but rather we work to expose the rise of hate within our communities and in every country. We expose and challenge hate and intolerance, racism, homophobia, sexism and basic human rights to help build a better future by learning from the past and educating our present. Our principles are based on the need to share the history and educate students of all ages on the horrors of the Holocaust, not only to remember and respect the victims, but to keep the voices of the silenced alive. Their stories in the hearts and minds of present and future generations are the key to a better future for all mankind. Together we try to challenging intolerance and hatred in all of its forms, and seeking to ensure that those who might be targeted or oppressed are supported and cared for.
Seminars, trips and events
Footsteps are now active far beyond the borders of Europe in areas such as: seminars in schools, book readings, future planned trips to Auschwitz with pupils and events of all kinds. We are always at your disposal if you are interested. For inquiries you can use the contact form.
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