The next journey begins CHINA!!

The next journey begins CHINA!!

Monday, July 21, 2014



July 12 & am
I cannot seem to get to my blog so I am writing this way and will copy it when I can.  Yesterday is a blur. Did I actually leave Newark on Thursday th 10th of July and woke up to Saturday the 12th? Confusing isn’t it. The flight of 19 hrs in total was grueling but I watched four movies I had missed during the year and a few old Fawlty Tower episodes.  Robert – one of the participants sat in front of me but we both tried in vain to sleep. Arrived and Betty from group also arrived same time we took cab to hotel and after a quick shower went to get a bite to eat. I have tofu- really good.
My roommate Robin Lung arrived after 11 pm. Check out her web site “FINDING KUKAN” the documentary she is working on.
We will be walking to the PEACE HOTEL to meet up with some people obin will be working with on this film. Tonight is official opening of the program.
Breakfast was a mixture of Western fare and typical Chinese cusine, many things I had no clue what it was. I will post photos once I can access my blog


Saturday July 12
What an interesting day! Robin and I walked and explored Shanghai on foot. In the very hot and humid air we walked through local streets seeing people in their little shops, cooking and preparing fish and other things to sell. We walked to the “Peoples Park” and came upon hundreds of people with with papers with writing on it, dates, names and some with photos. We were to learn that is was “marriage park” People were offering resumes and pictures of their children or marriage brokers were offering their own ‘clients’ for marriage! We met very nice people, all whom were happy to be in pictures and many people have been curious at my curly hair!  We met up with two women who will be hosting Robin’s presentation n Tuesday, in regard to her documentary film. Both women have chosen to live here in Shanghai. Susan has been here 6 years and explains how living under Communist China is not as bad as it is viewed by the west.  Although she cannot become a Chinese citizen, she enjoys the vibrant life of this city as a free lance writer.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Information on NJALPHA trip

Here is a link to read about the upcoming trip and the participants. 
I am just beginning to pack and hope to pack light!

http://nj-alpha.org/study-tour/

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A little background  information about the subject I will be exploring.  It is a little known genocide that is often not included in the study of WWII. The government of Japan has not acknowledged the genocide and there are deniers that claim it was overblown or never occurred .
The Nanking Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against Nanking (current official spelling: Nanjing) during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The massacre occurred during a six-week period starting December 13, 1937, the day that the Japanese captured Nanking.

The "Comfort Women" suffered beyond the scope of their rape and torture as a double edged sword having been part of a male dominated society and culture, hence many of the women who suffered so greatly at the hands of the Japanese, were often shunned and not accepted back into their families and villages.  They often suffered physically and mentally in silence.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014- the next journey

The next journey will begin July 10th!! please join me on this trip .

Saturday, August 10, 2013

At The Edge of The Abyss ( David Koker)

I am re reading David Koker's diary written in Vught 1943-44
He was a prolific writer and although this is a translation, I wanted to add his poem to the blog. I had read the diary before but it did not have as much meaning as it does now- having been where David was and wrote his diary.
David, unlike Anne Frank, had no book to write in. He wrote his entries on scraps of paper he was able to find. Later he used school exercise books for children who had been deported and murdered. With the help of civilian workers David was able to smuggle out his pages, In June 1944 David was deported first to Auschwitz, and then on to Dachau in February 1945- he did not survive the journey and died at the age of 23.
              "Departed now the final train
               In Total darkness and in rain
             
               the world has suffering to spare
               I hear the weariness, despair
               when neighbors talk to one another

               no Jew's left in existence

               The falling rain would not subside
                I sat at my open doors staring
                at all that was cheerless outside
                and thought: Seen it all, I'm past caring.

                No need for more self-promising
                there's never been all that much here
                it's over and that's just as well
                I also look now without fear

                on what will be the bitter end
                 and concern myself no more with dangers

                 though I have no desire to die.

                to have been born at such a cursed time

                Maybe it's festive there outdoors
                I'm fearful though and worn
                Where can I go?
                Never before have I felt so
                Forlorn.

                Forgive me
                Forgive this cheerless song full of regret
                Forgive me thousands of unpleasantnessess
                Forgive me everything but don't forget."

                                                                                    David Koker

Friday, August 9, 2013

Majandak July 31

Again- we are so busy that the blog has been put on the back burner. I was suppose to have a lovely dinner with my friend Kazia but there was a mis communication on my part and she came and had dinner with us tonight. She will be graciously joining us tomorrow and will be able to speak about her teaching experiences in Poland.
We went first to Lublin today and on to Majdanak camp.  I must say that my first trip there was a bit more detailed and this time many of the exhibits are now behind plexi glass whereas before I was free to touch ad see the ovens, dissection tables, and







walk through the barracks

Home

I have returned home, unfortunately to a flooded basement due to a broken toilet.  Although it was upsetting, I looked at it differently having experienced and visited places of such horror, hatred, deception and hope... yes hope.  Maude Dahme's story shows us that in the pit of inhumanity there are shreds of goodness, and that goodness allowed two little Jewish girls to be saved.
I will try to review the blog and add what I feel needs to be added to the places I have seen.