September 18th, 2008


German Jewry during the Nazi Era

With thanks from yasminke
Germany has compiled a list of some 600,000 Jews who lived there from 1933 to 1945 and suffered discrimination by the Nazis, an index that is to be distributed among leading archives to help descendants research the fate of their families.

The government said Wednesday it would give the list to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Washington's Holocaust Museum, the Jewish Claims Conference and the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

Germany's federal archive drew up the list, which the government and a foundation that oversaw the compensation of Nazi-era slave laborers financed it to the tune of €1.57 million (US$2.24 million).

"In handing over this list, we want to make a substantial contribution to documenting the loss that German Jewry suffered through persecution, expulsion and destruction," foundation leader Guenter Saathof said in a statement coinciding with a handing-over ceremony at the chancellery.

This is an enormous thing. And very moving I guess in terms of the potential information and closure it will bring.

My family lost in the Holocaust were from Czechosolovakia.

On being hurt

benpayne's post just reminded me of something that occurred to me yesterday whilst sitting in peak hour. It's coming up to a year since my breakup with the ex. And truth be known, about this time last year I could clearly see it coming. But yesterday, I was sitting there and thinking about it and I realised, I'm actually over it. As in, thinking about it, any of it, does not render any reaction or response in me at all. I picked it up and turned it around and looked at it from all angles, and nope, I am totally over it. So odd. I remember blogging here in January and February about how awful it was, and asking when would I get over it and not feel like that anymore. And I don't think that I even contemplated then that I would ever feel this moved on from it.

I mean obviously, that's normal. Time and space and healing and all of that. And I've since been involved with someone else. And that's got all its own complications and complexities and whatevers.

But it's actually kind of a funny feeling to look back and think and talk about something that happened to you that was so consuming and just ... sum it up as an experience and talk about it without emotional investment. Especially, I suppose after having been so emotionally invested in it for so long. And holding onto that investment too, even the pain and hurt and resentment - which is all you have in the end - because when you let go, well, then it's totally gone. Really and truly. But on the other hand, it *is* gone, and I'm *glad* it's gone and I'm glad that I've been able to let it go. And probably the me back in January would never have wanted to be here anyway. But we feel sorry for her and we send her tea and biscuits.

(Now I just have to get back the final piece of furniture that he has of mine and that will be the very end of it all. I just ... can't bring myself to have to go back in time to do it)

One of these things is not like the other

The new WA State Cabinet has been announced. Is it just me or would it not have been better to group ooooh say, Water and the Environment and Youth and Mental Health??? In what way does Water and Mental Health go together???

Ahhh. I'd get my knickers in a knot but I have a feeling this partnership is not going ot make the full three years.

Colin Barnett - Premier, State Development
Kim Hames - Deputy Premier, Health, Indigenous Affairs
Troy Buswell - Treasurer, Commerce, Science and Innovation, Housing and Works
Norman Moore - Mines and Petroleum, Fisheries, Electoral Affairs, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Brendon Grylls - Regional Development, Lands, Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting on Country Transport
Liz Constable - Education: Tourism, Women's Interests
Simon O'Brien - Transport, Disability Services
Robyn McSweeney - Child Protection, Community Services, Seniors and Volunteering
Graham Jacobs - Water, Mental Health
John Castrilli - Local Government, Heritage, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
Terry Redman - Agriculture, Forestry, Minister Assisting on Country Education
Donna Faragher - Environment, Youth
Christian Porter - Attorney-General, Corrective Services
John Day - Culture and Arts, Planning


Running running running ...

... straight into a brick wall. Been running round like a headless chicken all day trying to get a bunch of stuff done and write handover notes thinking I was not going to be back in the office till next Friday and M will be the only one personing the fort till then but she won't be in till Monday and ... we just cancelled the field trip for tomorrow so, actually I get one more day. That was exhausting.

*takes homonculus's advice, finds a dark corner, takes undies off, puts undies back on and starts over again*

Right. Where was I? What's my name again?

I love how I have this ridiculously short term memory. This last week I deliberately scheduled lots of downtime to recover from the stupidly busy few weeks from before and to prepare for the stupidly busy few weeks to come (starting today). And in that short time - of 4 days - I completely forgot what it's like to be that busy. Remember how I empathised last week for people who are constantly that busy? Yep. Gone. Totally forgotten. And back to the frustration of not having a clue why people don't return calls or emails or texts instantly. And then today? Got a bunch of unanswered stuff that I couldn't get to and am back in that headspace and am like ... oh ... yeah ... ooops.

You know, I have to hang out with myself ALL the time. I never get a break. It's *really* tiring.

Anyway. Even though I didn't have time, I had scheduled in a visit to the State Library with editormum today for the book club do with Sean Williams and his very new and shiny Star Wars book: The Force Unleashed. Yeah we went to go and say hi to ladnews who was his smiley relaxed self. Was an intimate few who were very enthusiastic about Star Wars and the Game that the book is a "novelisation" (gameisation?) of. Was great to hear about the trial and tribulations and his excitement to be writing it and be involved in the George Lucas machine. And he was so excited about it and he made it sound so interesting that I bought myself a copy of it even though I had had no intention of doing so when we showed up. Plus its signed. Seriously though, I am really interested in reading it and finding out what happens between Episodes 3 and 4. I may just take it with me down south next week for bedtime reading on the field trip.

So ... yes. I am about to do 6 days of very little to no internet access. I think I may take antihistamines. Y'all can still contact me by mobile (I think and Pls GpD hope!!). But it goes something like this:

Friday night: Femmeconne
Saturday morn: random chores, then Femmeconne
Saturday evening: J's going away do
Sunday: KSP Minicon
Monday through Thursday: Myalup, field work
Friday through Sunday: wash underwear, remember my name
Monday: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
Thursday night: Leave for Canberra
Friday through Monday: Conflux
Wednesday Night: Kol Nidre (Day of Atonement begins)
Thursday: Yom Kippur (Fasting and atoning)
Friday night: Family still in town for Atoning.
Various weekend things
Woot free Week!
Saturday and Sunday: Wastelands II
and then its like nearly November and I should deep breathe.

Playing along

From a bunch of people on my flist by now ..

Take a picture of yourself right now.
don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
post that picture with NO editing.
post these instructions with your picture.



Somedays, all you can do is kick back and watch The Family Guy.

Brian: You know Stuie, if you don't like it, go on the internet and complain.