On Wednesday afternoon at Miramar library and on Thursday at Kilbirnie, people celebrated Race Relations Week by making clay people.
We started each of our clay people making sessions with a retelling of the story of how clay was brought to the Pueblo Indians by a clay woman and a clay man.
Our artists ranged from preschoolers, school children, teenagesrs and mums. Everyone seemed to enjoy getting their hands dirty. Productivity was high as weird and wonderful characters, relatives, friends and even an elephant and a volcano emerged from the clay.
Miep Gies, who helped Anne Frank hide, died January 11 at the age of 100. She was the last survivor of a small group of people who helped the Jewish family hide from the Nazis during World War II. It was Miep who found Anne’s diary after the family’s hiding place was discovered and they were deported to concentration camps. She never read the diary and kept it for safe keeping and handed it to Anne’s father Otto after the war.
Ada Nally, WCL’s Multicultural Customer Specialist said on hearing of Gies’ death
I will never forget my school trip as a ten year old to the secret annex. Anne’s description of her hiding place came alive as we passed the bookcase which hid the staircase leading to Anne’s living areas. The pictures of famous Hollywood movie stars at that time are still on her bedroom wall. I have read Anne’s diary several times and still prefer to read it in Dutch.
Did you know that the most popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam is not the museum, the canals or dare I say the red light district? It is the Anne Frank museum.
Anne Frank’s story to the world is a warning of the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination, and is an assertion of the values of freedom, equal rights and democracy. Wellington City Libraries holds several copies of the diary and other books about Anne Frank, including Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies – click on the links to the left for details.
March 21 is Race Relations Day and Wellington City Libraries will host a festival of cultures at Johnsonville library, book displays and continue with Earth People at several libraries. For more information visit our Earth people blog in February and March. The theme this year is: “It’s About Us: Whanau”.