Yom Hashoah Melbourne project

February 13, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The team which created a memorable image for 2017’s Yom Hashoah has turned its sights to Melbourne where it will produce another eye-catching project to commemorate this special day.

Creating the number

“We are extremely excited to engage the Melbourne Jewish Community for 2018’s RememberTheYom Image”, says Robyn Pakula from Sydney. Robyn and photographer friend Larnce Gold started the movement in 2017 with the stunning image that was captured with a drone flying over Bondi beach whilst 28 people lay down on the sand spelling out Robyn’s late fathers Auschwitz number ‘B-7656’.

“Last year’s project was remarkable. It gifted us a way to connect to Yom Hashoah in our own unique and creative way and in a way that others could be involved and moved. I was stopped for months by other descendents of survivors and numerous others who thought it was incredible and it started a dialogue for people to start talking about their experiences of growing up in holocaust survivor homes. Being a part of the project and actually lying on the sand with my kids and friends was unexpectedly cathartic and moving. As the photo was being created, I think we were all thinking the same thing about what those who were actually in the holocaust had to endure”.

The Melbourne community is amazingly engaged with so many survivors. We wanted to offer them the opportunity to participate and create a project that will move them in a similar way.”

This year’s photo will take place on March 18.  If you would like to participate, please email Simonne Winecier at simonne.winecier@uiavic.org

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