The Southern Cross : October 2012
October 2012 Page 7 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | Sunday October 14th St Teresa’s School Brighton Strathmore Tce, Brighton 9am - 3pm PROUD SPONSORS SINCE 2003 Bundaleer Wines Bar / BBQ / gourmet burgers / authentic tacos/ kids’ games / 2nd hand goods / craft and produce / live music all day SPRING FETE www.bundaleerwines.com.au An Adelaide artist and Holocaust survivor says the horrific genocide of six million Jews can be presented to coming generations in new and different ways to ensure the memory of victims and the lessons of the past are not forgotten. “It is critical to remember it and attempt to learn from it,” said Andrew Steiner, 79. The local artist and historian said a 200-piece art exhibition held at St Michael’s College secondary campus at Henley Beach last month gave students and young educators a chance to gain a personal experience of an historic tragedy which precedes them by more than seven decades. “There are very few survivors left now and it’s up to us to hand our stories over to the current generation. And what we are doing at St Michael’s is exactly that.” Four Holocaust survivors and two academics shared their stories with teachers and students on the third and final day of the “Remember the Holocaust: art and the Holocaust” exhibition. This session was filmed and will be recorded onto DVD as an educational resource on the Holocaust available to schools via Mr Steiner, who routinely makes educational presentations. The exhibition, which ran from September 12 to 14, was devised and curated by Mr Steiner, who has presented at St Michael’s for the past two years. The art exhibition showcased the work of mostly Holocaust survivors and some of Mr Steiner’s own work, including a bronze six-figure piece sculpted in 2008. He said each figure represented one million Jews executed across Europe from 1939 to the end of World War II. About 670 Teachers and students from more than 14 schools across South Australia, along with students from St Michael’s College and old scholars, spent three days in exhibition tours guided by Mr Steiner. St Michael’s College history coordinator Matthew Muscat said the exhibition, which he helped organise, and the first-hand testimonies of the Holocaust survivors was an invaluable lesson for students. “It is a very unique and powerful learning experience to personally hear the stories of survivors,” he said. His Year 11 history class is currently studying the Holocaust and he said the exhibition would make real the words on their history pages. “It is an experience that students will carry with them forever.” Mr Steiner was a child in Budapest during World War II. He and his sister, mother and father narrowly escaped the fate of eleven of his extended family, who were executed by the Nazis. It is estimated that about 420,000 Jews living in Hungary (or about 66 per cent of the pre-WWII Jewish population) were killed in labor camps and deportations before and after the German occupation in 1944. “We had very close encounters of being lined up to be executed,” said Mr Steiner. He was 11 when Budapest was liberated by the Soviets in 1945. “I was a very old, ancient 11-year-old,” he said. “All of us around that age lost our childhood and all the opportunities and naturally that has a huge impact on our lives forever and that is irreplaceable.” The Holocaust was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews leading up to and during World War II, via a program of systematic state- sponsored murder by Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, throughout Nazi-occupied territory. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds perished. About 1.5 million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust. ART OF REMEMBRANCE: Holocaust survivor, artist and historian Andrew Steiner leading St Michael’s College students through an art exhibition held at the College last month. Photo: Nat Rogers By Rebecca DiGirolamo Lesson from Holocaust survivor The Broken Bay Institute in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will present its 7th national e-Conference Vatican II: An Event of Grace on October 10, 2012. Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first session of Vatican II, this one- day live conference will celebrate the gift of Vatican II in this Year of Grace. Speakers on the day are Bishop Michael Putney, Sister Maryanne Confoy RSC, Jill Gowdie and Paul Power. Parishioners are invited to join in this free event by forming a local group to witness, discuss and participate in the interactive element by asking the speakers questions. Vatican II e-conference Are you organising a Christmas Hamper Program for your community? Every year Foodbank packs thousands of hampers for charities like Vinnies, Salvation Army and small church groups as well as service groups such as Rotary and Lions. 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