Thursday, November 20, 2014

STITCHING HISTORY FROM THE HOLOCAUST




Thank you for your patience, this video may take a few moments to upload

This is a wonderful story that took the imagination, the care and the persistence of people who believed that this should happen...

You can read the whole story here...




 Just a little of the background... from the transcript..

MARTIN FLETCHER: When the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, tens of thousands of Jews applied for visas to anywhere.
And among them, Paul Strnad and his wife Hedwig, nicknamed Hedy. Their best hope to save their lives was help from their cousin Alvin, thousands of miles away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

So on December 11, 1939, Paul wrote him this letter.
NARRATOR: “You may imagine that we have a great interest of leaving Europe as soon as possible.”
MARTIN FLETCHER: And Paul hoped he had an ace up his sleeve. These drawings. Eight beautiful dresses. And all accessories, down to hat pins and shoes, purses and gloves. Modern. Elegant. His wife Hedy was a seamstress — a dress designer.
Could Alvin find a firm in Milwaukee who’d hire Hedy and sign an affidavit to grant the couple visas to the US?
In his letter, Paul wrote:
NARRATOR: “I hope the dress manufacturers you mentioned in your letter will like them.”
MARTIN FLETCHER: Karen Strnad is Alvin’s granddaughter.
KAREN STRNAD: “It was a letter that was pleading for, you know, a savior, for you know survival. And using the dresses as a tool to be able to get out of there.”
MARTIN FLETCHER: Alvin Strnad tried to find Hedy a job and visas for them both. But too late.
Paul was declared dead January 31, 1943. Murdered in either the Treblinka concentration camp or the Warsaw Ghetto. Hedy’s fate is unclear, but her dresses live on.
Almost sixty years later, Karen’s parents found the letter in the basement, complete with a Nazi censor’s swastika stamp, and the colorful drawings.....  

and so it continues...





SAVE WAVERLEY CEMETERY !






SAVE WAVERLEY CEMETERY!


The iconic Waverley Cemetery, Sydney, NSW
 The first interment took place here in 1877..
there are over 83,000 interments.. over 50,000 monuments..
the site covers approximately 40 acres...
it is one of the most beautiful sites in Sydney..
It is known for many things, 
including the beautiful entrance gates...




http://sydney-city.blogspot.com.au/2012_03_01_archive.html




and the amazing statues, 
the like of which are rarely created today.



http://sydney-city.blogspot.com.au/2012_03_01_archive.html






"Many of you might recognise the top photo as Waverley Cemetery.. you can see that parts of the cemetery are at risk as the dumped fill is slowly sinking into the sea.  There is a solution offered though, which should not only stop the problem, but enhance the cemetery... have a look here...


and look for the video. It is wonderful. 
If inclined, please sign the petition to Waverley Council which offers suggestions and solutions re funding. Please share, we can't see this incredible historic and beautiful cemetery fall into disrepair."



I first came across this via video by David Kelly.. you can see it here...

 


I'll let David explain the need for immediate action... the website is


and there is also a Facebook Group




This is a suggestion offered to prevent any further subsidence







Please act now, by going to the website above or the Facebook page or leaving a comment below the video on You Tube and/or signing the PETITION to show the Waverley Council that this historic and beautiful cemetery must be preserved so that future generations can appreciate the history and pay respect to their ancestors.







Saturday, September 27, 2014

ROMANCE OF AUSTRALIAN PLACE NAMES

Australian place names can often confuse those not familiar with them, but there is a certain romance about many of them...


Thanks to the wonderful resources of TROVE   (http://trove.nla.gov.au), I was able to find these pages from one of Australia's most popular magazines,

THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY...

This issue was from May 13, 1964... these make interesting reading... as do the advertisements...








Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMAZING NATURE


Every now and then you come across something that is too good not to be shared...


Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)








Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)








Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)








Hooker's Lips (Psychotria Elata)




Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)  




Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)






Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)





Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)



Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)



Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major) 




An orchid that looks remarkably like a tiger



Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)



And his friends...








Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)






Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)





White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)





The Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)




An Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina 







Tuesday, August 5, 2014

100 YEARS AGO..THE WORLD STOPPED...



THE DAY THE WORLD STOPPED..

…and held it's breath
hoping that time would stop 
and peace would resume..

It was not to be
and would not be that way again
for five long years.

So much heartache, tragedy and death
broken dreams, families, 
and so many broken bodies and minds.

Brave men and women  
at the front and at home
fought and waited and hoped.

100 years ago 
it was to be the war 
that would end all wars..

If only that were true.

©Crissouli August 2014





Many have written, and will write, of the history of World War 1. I have chosen instead to revisit some earlier posts.

SING TO ME MOTHER



CAN YOU HEAR ME SWEETHEART?




THOSE WITH NO TOMORROWS






A SMALL SELECTION OF AUSTRALIANS WHO SERVED IN WW1

The photographs used were from the Public Domain. 

ANZAC Mounted Div (B01518) Frank Hurley

FrankHurleyAustralian8inchHowitzerBattery   Public Domain