Lorna Brunstein and I have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the last phase of the project that started in Somerset back in April. The walk originates in the testimony of her mother's forced march from a slave labour camp into the infamous Belsen death camp. In April we walked as close as we could to the death march route that I had transposed to Somerset, arriving at the old Jewish Burial Ground in Bath on 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belsen.
On 4 and 5 February 2016 we will walk the actual route of the death march starting on the anniversary of the day that the group of women, including Esther Brunstein, left the slave labour camp near Hannover for Belsen. We are raising money to properly support the walk live and enable it to be fully documented and thus to extend the connections and amplify the resonances from it.
Honouring Esther is a performative walking arts project that has as its heart the testimony of a Nazi death march survivor.
Through Esther Brunsteins personal story at stopping points along the way we will share her spirit of internationalism and humanity. This is a poignant and timely walk resonating with contemporary struggles as the refugee crisis across Europe continues.
The walk will remind us that a refugee’s journey continues until they find safety and a welcome and a sense of belonging. For many it is a life long search. In the end we are all migrants and we all need safety, security, love and friendship. If you are interested in finding out more, check out the blog here: Honouring Esther