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Tears for Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love
The Best Of Drive Time (Various Artists), Polygram TV, 7
Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do
(CD Single), Edsel Records
Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor
Steve Miller Band The Joker
Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-, Mercury
Amy Macdonald This Is The Life
(CD Single), Vertigo
Abba Gold, Polydor, 19
Andy Grammer Keep Your Head Up
Andy Grammer, S-Curve, 1
The Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along The Watchtower
The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Universal
Will Young Your Game
(CD Single), BMG/19
Zager & Evans In The Year 2525
Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel, Old Gold
Lawson Learn To Love Again
(CD Single), Global Talent Records
Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing
The Raw & The Cooked, London
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles The Tears Of A Clown
Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv
Hockey Song Away
(CD Single), Virgin, 1
Dean Martin and Helen O'Connell How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?
Cool Couples (Various Artists), Sanctuary
Joe Cocker Fire It Up
Fire It Up, Sony Music
Queen Somebody To Love
A Day At The Races, Island, 6
Rod Stewart You Wear It Well
The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros
Survivor Eye Of The Tiger
The No.1 Movies Album (Various Artist, Polygram Tv
(CD Single), Laface
Kristina Train Lose You Tonight
(CD Single), Mercury
JoBoxers Boxer Beat
Young at Heart (Various Artists), Reader's Digest
Nina Simone Sinnerman
Pastel Blues, Philips, 9
Spandau Ballet Musclebound
Spandau Ballet - Singles Collection, Chrysalis
Robbie Williams Strong
(CD Single), Chrysalis
David Bowie Where Are We Now?
(CD Single), ISO Records
Pause for Thought
From Rabbi Pete Tobias, of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree.
The full moon of last Saturday meant that it was the Jewish New Year for Trees. That’s an occasion to recognise the importance of trees and our dependence on nature, and tradition is to plant trees.
By a curious coincidence, the following day was another significant one. Sunday 27th January was, as many will have seen from various special broadcasts, National Holocaust Memorial Day, the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian troops in 1945. And last Friday I was in Weymouth, taking part in a ceremony that combined both aspects of the weekend just past.
There isn’t a formal Jewish community in Weymouth – yet. There are a number of Jews, including one gentleman who lost all his family in the Holocaust, who is determined to keep alive the heritage for which his loved ones and countless others perished.
When National Holocaust Memorial Day was introduced in this country in 2001, a tree was planted in a local park in Weymouth to commemorate the occasion and what it represented. A few months ago, that tree was vandalised. So a new tree was planted last Friday, acknowledging both the Jewish New Year for Trees and the memory of the Holocaust.
The purpose of National Holocaust Memorial day is, I think, about more than just remembering victims of human cruelty, whether it be in Nazi-occupied Europe or any other place where genocide has occurred. It reminds us that we are all capable of believing in stereotypes and demonstrating prejudice, which are the first steps towards the victimisation and oppression of others. The fact that other genocides have taken place in our world since the liberation of Auschwitz reminds is that the lessons have not been learned.
Our failure to learn was symbolised by the destruction of the tree that had been planted in that park in Weymouth 12 years ago. But the fact that a new tree was planted represents another feature of the weekend’s observances: as well as having the capacity to destroy, human beings can also choose to plant for the future and encourage growth and hope.
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