GloucesterCast 320 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Lara Lepioka, Kim Smith and Joy Ciaramitaro Taped 1/28/19

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GloucesterCast 320 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Lara Lepioka , Kim Smith and Joy Ciaramitaro Taped 1/28/19

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Topics Include:

Backyard Growers to unveil three-year vision for a healthier Gloucester www.backyardgrowers.org

Backyard Growers New employee- James Harrison

Adventureman update. On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdventuremanJamieMcDonald/ 
Now in North Carolina. He is looking forward to his time here in Gloucester Massachusetts!

Here’s the Adventureman LIVE tracker: https://z6z.co/adventureman

35 marathons to go. Right, TOGETHER, let’s do this!

Feather and Wedge Did Not Disappoint- Perfect Spot For Valentine’s Day, Click here for the Valentine’s Day menu and to make a reservation Call 978-999-5917

LRC tournament recap

Golden Sparrow Returns

Briarbarn Inn Website- https://www.briarbarninn.com/

Art Haven Buoy Auction Recap

Cape Ann Museum Virginia Lee Burton Little House Exhibit

 

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE CAPE ANN ART HAVEN BIG BUOY PARTY

Friday night, Charlotte and I attended the fabulous Art Haven Big Buoy Party. The family night was lots of fun, with tons of art activities for the kids and mountains of delicious food. Thank you to Traci and the Art Haven team for putting on a great event, and to Sheree Zizak for hosting at Cruiseport!

Running after a 1.5-year-old I was only able to take a few photos, but as you can see from the children’s and young teen’s faces, a fun night was had by all.

GOLDEN SPARROW STILL IN THE HOOD AND SPOTTED ON PERKINS STREET!

Thank you to Mary Ellen Stephens for sharing her photo of the beautiful blonde “Golden Sparrow, ” recently seen at her bird feeder in Gloucester. Anita Pacheco first alerted us to this rare beauty. 

If any of our readers see the sparrow, please let us know, and if you can possibly, take a snapshot. Thank you!

From out friends at the Clean City Comission

From Ainsley:

The One Hour at a TIme Gang will be doing St. Peters Square.

Stay warm

Hi everyone,

 I know the weather feels like spring is light years away, but April will be here before we know it! You’re on this list because you’ve either hosted or expressed interest in hosting a clean up site for the Great Gloucester Clean Up. Last year’s sites were:

St. Peter’s Square

Washington Street/Train Station

Rocky Neck

Cripple Cove/State Fish Pier

Good Harbor Beach

Pavilion Beach

 It would be great to add a site in Annisquam or Lanesville to engage new neighborhoods this year. Due to Easter falling on the weekend of April 20th, I’d suggest we move the clean up activities to Saturday April 27th, and hope for a slightly warmer day.

Please let me know if you’d like to host a clean up this year, and where. If you know of other groups that may be interested in hosting a site or bringing a group, please pass this along or let me know. Additionally, if you know of restaurants that may be interested in donating breakfast or lunch snacks, please share that as well! One Ocean has generously offered to host a barbecue again, but we’ve got quite the crowd these days.

 Looking forward to working with all of you on warmer days!

 Ainsley

Chair, Gloucester Clean City Commission

 

 

Looking back at MFA exhibition: devastating and important Lodz Ghetto photos by photojournalist and survivor Henryk Ross

Museum days with David Cox |  Installation scenes from our April 27, 2017 visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to see Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross. The travel exhibition originated from the Art Gallery of Ontario where this searing and important Holocaust photo collection is held and much of it digitized. You can explore more than 4000 negatives here: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross http://agolodzghetto.com/)

Henryk Ross (1910-1991) was one of less than 900 known survivors of 160,000 confined to the Lodz Ghetto by German Nazis.

photo caption: details from exhibition wall text

 

Before 1939, Ross was a photojournalist for the Polish press and heroically that didn’t stop in the ghetto. He was forced to photograph identity cards for every captive, promotional material, and assignments, often gruesome, for the oppressors’ “Department of Statistics”. While photographing ostensibly for “work” he snapped away bearing witness, building evidence and leaving a record. His wife Stefa was imprisoned there as well, aiding and encouraging his activity. They were married in the ghetto. Ross’s cover necessitated movement, access to equipment,  developing, and film: His perilous “employee” theft went undetected. Henryk Ross was a brave front lines prisoner and artist surreptitiously documenting specific and deteriorating realities of the innocents for five years– building a body of persistent resistance. He was a war photographer and patriot I did not know before this exhibition and will not forget.

photo caption: selected photos on display at the MFA (click to enlarge and for more information) genocide day by day

 

Miraculously both survived, and some negatives.  Ross’s work was used as evidence in the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. They testified together. By then he hadn’t photographed anything for years and wouldn’t ever again. “I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy… I was anticipating the total destruction of Polish Jewry. I wanted to leave a historical record of our martyrdom.” -Henryk Ross

I wonder if there is a memorial plaque on Jagielonska Street near where he hid them?

As this repository was such an exacting chronicle and similar camera format, I thought about curating a show of American FSA/OWI photographers, Ross’s contemporaries, working with home front goals in the same time span as Ross. In 1942 Howard Lieberman and Gordon Parks official assignments included portraits in Gloucester, Massachusetts, of family members missing deployed husbands, brothers, sons and daughters, of a community honoring Memorial Day, of fishermen hard at work providing “Victory Food From American Waters”. People helping. Brave souls. (FSA photograpers and FSA had earned clout pre-1937. Did they inspire Ross? Decades later, did these artists ever come to know each other’s works?)

 

photojournalism_past destruction installation view_ 20170427_lodz ghetto photographs of henryk ross collection holocaust photos at museum of fine arts boston_ © catherine ryan
humanity  devoured- death march past synagogue ruins

 

The exhibition included examples of the Lodz ghetto horrifying, gutting circulars. I used Google translate to transcribe a few of the letterpress announcements. I imagine that the Art Gallery of Ontario will crowd source volunteer transcription one day.

Keep Calm and Carry On pronouncements here, too
Aug 12, 1940 Announcement 104: Jews! Remain Calm!
The events of the last days were triggered by the responsible elements that we wanted to bring chaos into our cycle. These people are aimed at the only important benefits allowed to organize positive and appropriate help for the population. In a short period of time since the creation of the ghetto, after great hardships, it was possible to obtain work from the outside for parts of tailors, carpenters, shoemakers, lappers and seamstresses; soon I will get employment for other crafts, as well as for handicrafts.
The Municipal Budget is Overstated.
Supplying children and the elderly is still in the foreground. Pomino will be equipped with kitchens for all: old and young. Regardless of the (?) general kitchen for workers and the unemployed, which will be issued with 10,000 tanks per day and for various layers (also for religious Jews) – block committees will continue to be supplied. this is a positive plan that must be spotted. this is not an easy task. therefore I am appealing to you with an appeal: keep calm. Do not allow yourself to be misled with irresponsible elements that would hinder your previous work and fulfill your future intentions.
I WANT TO SAVE PEOPLE.
I will do everything that is possible and I will strive to ensure that my tasks are carried out with all due diligence – Ch. Rumkowski

March 22, 1942 Announcement No. 371 :  Resettlement
Subject: Orders concerning the transfer of the ghetto.
Spatialization of the western ghetto part…From the Donnersiteg, the western part of the ghetto must be cleared of all residents and workers. the people living and working there must therefore be in the east…
I hereby announce that the resettlement continues to take place on the initiative of the authorities. I urge the persons concerned – who are destined for resettlement – to do so. upon receipt of the departure request, it is essential that you arrive punctually at the meeting time prescribed by you, otherwise you will have to leave the country without any additional packing.
litzmannstadt-ghetto the 22nd, marz 1942 Ch. Rumkowski* is the oldest of the Jews in Litzmannstadt 

excerpt from the MFA museum label (photo below) concerning Administration and Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski: “…The Elder of the Jewish Council, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, believed the residents might survive if they became productive…Due to its remarkable productivity, Lodz was the last Polish ghetto to be liquidated. The Jewish Council played a problematic role in the history of the Lodz Ghetto. Its members were forced to implement Nazi policy, but were perceived as privileged in return. Rumkowski remains one of the  Holocaust’s most controversial figures.”- MFA label

August 22, 1942 Announcement no. 428 Concerning the size of the ghetto
In addition to the previously no longer enter. Who does not follow this request and on Thursday d. 24 august 1944, after 7 o’clock early in these areas as well as in the already cleared still encountered, is struck, with death… 
It is bounded by the area: in the west …
limited: in the east …
limited: to the south …
limited; in the East…
and slow to the south…
For special attention
Workers barracked in these areas in closed premises can remain in their workplace and be allowed to work in the same place.
Secret State Police

September 4, 1942 Announcement No. 391 General Curfew in Ghetto

Museum of Fine Arts display label (see photo above) “On September 4, 1942, Lodz Ghetto populace was told that elderly and sick residents and children under the age of 10 would be deported from the ghetto. This notice forbade the remaining residents from leaving their homes while deportees were collected. “From Saturday September 5 1942 from 5pm on a general curfew is in effect until revoked. Excepted are: firefighters, the Transportation Department, feces and garbage haulers, workers involved in the reception of goods at the Baluty Market Square and the Radogoszcz (station), doctors and pharmacy personnel.”

Installation view_ label_20170427_Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross collection Holocaust photos at Museum of Fine Arts Boston_ originated by Art Gallery of Ontario © catherine ryan _130708.jpg

from the digitized archives: click to enlarge and read description

Gloucester Elks Childrens Snowball Party a Big Success

There was a large turnout at the Elks Childrens Snowball party Sunday. A particular favorite was the Patriots Snowman brought in by the DJ….the children weren’t the only ones loving the Patriots Snowman. The Elks do a great job with their events and the children seemed to have a great time.

Adventureman Getting Closer to Gloucester Every Day

Jamie McDonald, known as Adventureman, is running a marathon distance each day on his quest to run across American raising money to benefit children in need of medical treatment. He plans to end his journey right here in Gloucester!

This is a recent video diary entry:

As we report on the podcast, he is currently in North Carolina. You can follow him by searching Adventureman on Facebook.