Guest Writers: Marysia Zipser and Janine Moore

We paid a special visit to Newark on Friday to view the Six Million White Roses art exhibition on the ground floor of the town’s Market Square Buttermarket building, which has been extended to Saturday 26th November.

Opening hours 10.00-15.30, Market Square, Newark NG24 1AL

Photographs by Janine Moore and Marysia Zipser

The exhibition is dedicated to the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, victims of war worldwide, and to those who stand up to hatred. All art works are for sale, and support the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Laxton, Nottinghamshire.

It made for such an impressive and emotional display by artists, makers and ceramists curated by arts promoter Susi Wright and artist Lynne Whitfield.

Over 40 artists, sculptors and ceramicists have created new work for this exhibition. Artists include Tom Voyce (Sky’s Landscape Artist of the Year), Sara Captain, Harry Charles Tim, Tom Shepherd, Nikki McKay, Soo Durham, Brian West, Ian Whitfield, Adele Billinghay, Alison Kemp, Debbie Davidge, Sian Bristow, Jilian Riley, Helen Domleo, Liz Black-Dowding, Nita Rao, Tina Weatherby, David Moore, Dawn Ogden-White, Jackie Whall, Joshua Haith, Lindsey Jones, Lynne Whitfield, Margie Andrews-Reichelt, Pat Murray, Philip Holmes, Susie Daniel, T M Cam, Debi Lane, Anne Gimson, Annouk Lea, D A Orli, Dawn Feeney, Irma Ismiegiene, John Menendez, Oliver Lovely, Lorraine Worrall, Jennie McCall and Lita Narayan.

Ruth Schweining has given, on loan, her favourite piece of work (completed in 2006) which is called ‘Love’ and is of her parents. Ruth is a glass artist and Holocaust survivor.

brought a tear to my eye. It was inspired by the picture “Mummy Don’t Let Me Go” by Lynne

Janine Moore comments

“On visiting the Six Million White Roses exhibition at the Buttermarket in Newark together

with Marysia, I experienced a myriad of emotions. The awe-inspiring artwork and depth of

feeling that comes through with each piece has given me a whole new sense of humility

towards the history of the Holocaust, learning heart wrenching stories through the different

styles of art, poetry, and creativity; I felt love, hope, despair, and a deep sadness.

Sue McFarlane’s recital of her poem “With My Blessing” was beautiful and emotive, she

Whitfield. Lynne’s artwork was inspired by a talk by Ruth Schweining who was a girl put onto

the Kinder-transport at the age of three, to come to England.

The art exhibition is a great credit to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.”

With My Blessing

I embrace you so closely as I hold in all my tears,

Letting you go will never lessen my fears.

Gasping for air now, as I hug you so tight,

Unable to break bread with you, after tonight.

Forgive me for putting you on this strange train

With others you don’t know but are sharing your pain.

Wherever your journey goes, please write to me,

I’ll endeavour to stay where you’ve known me to be.

Treasure your case, full of small mementoes; ‘Mummy Don’t Let Me Go’ by Lynne Whitfield

Your hairbrush, my best shawl and some family photos.

Make the most of all hours travelling along distant tracks.

Commit views to memory as I become part of your past.

While you tend to your hair, each morning and eve

Remember I never, ever, wanted you to leave.

My hope is that we will, in time, re-unite.

Take care, my dear daughter and with my blessing, good night.

(c) Sue McFarlane

Photos by Janine Moore

Marysia Zipser comments

“The Buttermarket entrance leads you through the interior colonnade to the spacious art

gallery with light flooding in. It is a beautiful exhibition curated with great sensitivity.

Colours, textures and shapes play their parts effectively and dramatically.

I had been aware of this exhibition taking place in mid-October and vowed to visit as my

father Mieczyslaw Zipser (1912-2001) used to make Polish Air Force Association & Newark

Town Council annual visits to Newark cemetery to honour his compatriots fallen during the

Second World War. He served in 304 Polish (Wellington) Bomber Squadron, together with

his brother Zbyszek Zipser, as Engineers, both from Lwow (now Lviv Ukraine).

When I was seven years old in 1959, my father brought me and our family by car to Poland

to visit our family relations in Krakow and over the country. While there, he took me and my

two elder brothers to Auschwitz concentration camp. My mother pleaded with him not to

take me being so young, but he said he wanted us to remember what had happened to the

Jews at the death camps and never forget. He was right, I can remember every detail and

horror of that day. My mother was also right, because I had nightmares over the following

weeks and months.

My father’s eulogy can be read here written by his godson, Krys Cietak of Warwick

I shall visit the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton shortly to support this

exhibition’s aim to make visitors aware and to remember those lost lives.

I will never forget.”

The elegant 18th century Buttermarket building and conservatory, is in many ways the

perfect venue for this important art exhibition. The natural light changes, moving around the

gallery, enhancing and showcasing each painting in turn with the passing hours.



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