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Memento : Issue 30
Beacons by the sea: stories of australian lighthouses Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW 10 September to 30 October 2005 Queensland Maritime Museum, Qld 12 November 2005 to 29 January 2006 Courage to Care is an exhibition that strongly portrays the ideals of communal tolerance and living in harmony. On show at the National Archives in Canberra until 25 September 2005, Courage to Care explores this universal message through the stories of rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. It highlights the difference that can be made by just one individual. The Courage to Care exhibition has been developed by B’nai B’rith, a worldwide Jewish community service organisation established more than 160 years ago. While the content in the exhibition focuses on a particular time and place in history, its message has wide, current relevance in today’s world of conflict and inequality. Accompanying the exhibition is a powerful education program developed for students in Years 5 to 12. Professional facilitators and educators guide students through a Living in Harmony workshop which encourages them to examine the principles of tolerance, equality and individual responsibility, and to apply them in their own lives. Those who have suffered discrimination, been the victim of playground bullying, or even been a bully themselves, will benefit from discussing these issues in the context of this thought-provoking exhibition. Another vital aspect of the education program is the opportunity for students to hear, first hand, the stories of Holocaust survivors. These ‘living historians’ talk of the individual strength and courage that ensured their survival, bringing a reality to the events portrayed in the exhibition. Typical of students’ reactions to these moving and memorable stories is that of a Year 10 boy who recently visited Courage to Care in Port Macquarie. After the program he offered these words as a motto for life: To be prejudiced is to be ignorant To be indifferent is to be weak To be accepting is to be wise And to take action is to be strong Volunteer guides are on site at the Archives to interpret and amplify aspects of the exhibition for school and other groups, as well as for individual visitors. The exhibition is free of charge and runs until 25 September 2005. It is open seven days a week. School groups can book for the education program, Monday to Friday, on email@example.com or call (02) 6212 3691 to discuss their visit. Unexpected archives: introduced by robyn archer Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tas 29 September to 6 November 2005 Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Vic 12 November to 11 December 2005 CEMA Arts Centre, Portland, Vic 14 December 2005 to 29 January 2006 the waterhouse Natural history art Prize National Archives, Canberra 6 October to 27 November 2005 it’s a Dog’s life: animals in the Public service Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne, Vic 5 September to 21 October 2005 Western Australia Museum, Perth, WA 3 November 2005 to 9 January 2006 Courage to Care 18 memeNto News from the National Archives (above right) In 1943, Danish fishermen working at night spent a frantic two weeks ferrying 7,220 Danish Jews and 680 non-Jewish family members to safety in Sweden.