Sculp­ture to hon­our vic­tims of geno­cide

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By ASHA ME­HTA

SCHOOLS across Peter­bor­ough have been in­vited to help de­sign a “time­less” sculp­ture to re­flect the “loss, poignancy and me­mory” of the Holo­caust and other geno­cides.

The chal­leng­ing but wor­thy con­test is open to all sec­ondary and spe­cial schools in the city in a bid to get young peo­ple in­volved in the project.

Billed as a “unique op­por­tu­nity” for so­cial and his­toric ed­u­ca­tion around geno­cide, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and Op­por­tu­nity Peter­bor­ough, the city’s re­gen­er­a­tion com­pany, are work­ing with com­mu­nity groups to cre­ate the new me­mo­rial. It will com­mem­o­rate the loss of in­no­cent lives through the wide­spread killing of en­tire eth­nic groups and na­tions.

Peter­bor­ough has, for many years, marked Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day ev­ery Jan­uary with a ser­vice led by the mayor and sup­ported by all ages.

Now, the Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day Group has de­cided to com­mis­sion a sculp­ture and would like to work closely with young peo­ple to help make it a re­al­ity. In a let­ter to schools, Mayor of Peter­bor­ough Keith Sharp spelled out the im­por­tance of the me­mo­rial.

He said: “It of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity for so­cial and his­toric ed­u­ca­tion around geno­cide, but also the so­cial ben­e­fits of learn­ing from those atroc­i­ties to cre­ate a so­ci­ety that is tol­er­ant and in­te­grated rather than threat­en­ing and frac­tured.

“The group wants the me­mo­rial to be mod­ern and time­less in its style, and re­flect the loss, poignancy and me­mory of the Holo­caust and the other geno­cides.”

There will be a two-part com­mis­sion­ing process. Stage one in­volves invit­ing schools to sub­mit three 250 word en­tries on the theme “learn­ing lessons from the past to build a bet­ter fu­ture”.

The en­tries should be in by No- vem­ber 1. The win­ning school will then be asked to nom­i­nate seven or eight pupils who will work along­side the sculp­tor, who would cre­ate the me­mo­rial by May 2011.

It is in­tended that the whole process will be filmed for the 2011 Peter­bor­ough Film Awards. Please con­tact ei­ther Janet MacPhee on 01733 863971, Paul Butcher on 01733 864587 or Op­por­tu­nity Peter­bor­ough on 01733 317489 for more de­tails.

POIGNANT: Young­sters tak­ing part in Jan­uary’s Holo­caust Day cer­e­mony.

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