The old adage says that you should never meet your heroes as you'll only be disappointed. I've experienced both sides of the coin, some people have absolutely lived up to my idea of them and others have let me down. This week I met a man who in the space of an hour became a hero to me and everyone else in the room.
Zigi Shipper was a 9-year-old boy living in Poland when World War II broke out. Mr. Shipper's Jewish faith saw him moved to a ghetto and then on to three different concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau for the duration of the war. After the war he moved to London and created a happy life for himself and his ever-expanding family.
The story has been documented in a short film made by Mr. Shipper's grandson, Darren Richman. I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of the film and a Q & A session with Mr. Shipper himself.
For a man who survived one of the worst atrocities in history Mr. Shipper exudes a warmth and charisma that I did not expect. He has made it his life's work to try and educate people on the dangers of intolerance and racism. In a week in which we mark another anniversary of 9/11 this becomes even more poignant.
Mr. Shipper works closely with the Holocaust Educational Trust, an organisation which seeks to educate people in the UK about the contemporary relevance of the holocaust. They visit schools, prisons and have even spoken to the England football to create more awareness of what we can learn from historic events. As George Santayana said"those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".
You can learn more about the Holocaust Educational Trust here and the film about Mr. Shipper's life, 84303 will be shown on the History Channel in January.
Job of the Week
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On This Day
On this day in 1985 "The Golden Girls" made its TV debut. The show ran for almost 7 years and is widely regarded as the greatest comedy of all time.*
*This might just be my opinion.
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Fact Of The Week
Apparently today is "cream filled doughnut" day. I usually cross-check stuff like this but I'm too scared it'll turn out to be a hoax so we should just take the chance and stuff our faces.