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31/08/2023

We are pleased to announce that our narrative game 'Marion's Journey' is now live on the home page of the website at: www.gatheringthevoices.com

The online launch of the serious game: ‘Marion’s Journey’ the educational computer game will be live streamed on Gatheri...
29/08/2023

The online launch of the serious game: ‘Marion’s Journey’ the educational computer game will be live streamed on Gathering the Voices’ Youtube channel & page, on Wednesday, August 30th from 15.15 BST time.

‘Marion’s Journey’ an educational computer gameThe Gathering the Voices Association is pleased to invite you to the onli...
02/08/2023

‘Marion’s Journey’ an educational computer game

The Gathering the Voices Association is pleased to invite you to the online launch of the serious game: ‘Marion’s Journey’ an educational computer game on Wednesday, August 30th at 1500hrs BST. The game has been developed by Chimera Tales Ltd.

The exciting online experience follows the flight of Marion Camrass during the Second World War from occupied Poland, through Siberia, then Bukhara and finally to Glasgow where she settled, married and raised her family.

Please use the link below to book tickets via Eventbrite.

The Gathering the Voices Association launch of the serious game: ‘Marion’s Journey’ an educational computer game

Wellbeing Café Alloa. monday 19th June, 2023. 2.00 pm - 3.00pm. Come and hear Steven Anson speak on behalf of Gathering ...
16/05/2023

Wellbeing Café Alloa. monday 19th June, 2023. 2.00 pm - 3.00pm. Come and hear Steven Anson speak on behalf of Gathering the Voices.
Advance booking for this talk is essential, please call 01259 452262..

Thank you Magic Torch Comics CIC for including Gathering the Voices in your comic.  Read about how GtV started and also ...
09/04/2023

Thank you Magic Torch Comics CIC for including Gathering the Voices in your comic. Read about how GtV started and also you can see Howard Singerman's moving poem about his aunt who perished in The Holocaust.

Our exhibition is out and about, here is feedback from pupils who viewed it. Why not contact us at https://bit.ly/3ZDsZM...
08/03/2023

Our exhibition is out and about, here is feedback from pupils who viewed it. Why not contact us at https://bit.ly/3ZDsZMU to find out how to host the exhibition with speakers.

The International Testimony Forum is taking place  in London from the 19th - 20th April. Discussions will take place amo...
15/02/2023

The International Testimony Forum is taking place in London from the 19th - 20th April. Discussions will take place among experts to re-evaluate and assess the many ways Holocaust testimonies have been collected, displayed, and curated since WWII. For details re speakers and booking for the conference refer to leaflet or follow:http://www.bit.ly/TestimonyConference

The International Testimony Forum will take place on the 19th and 20th of April2023 in London.The conference will facili...
01/02/2023

The International Testimony Forum will take place on the 19th and 20th of April
2023 in London.The conference will facilitate conversations between world-renowned experts to re-evaluate and assess the many ways Holocaust testimonies have been collected, displayed, and curated since the end of the Second World War. For more information, and details how to register, please refer to the poster attached .

29/01/2023

Glasgow Caledonian University Alumni posted the following on the 27 January .
As we mark Holocaust Memorial day, we want to spotlight the incredible work of GCU graduates, Máté Tóth Ridovics and Thomas Salgarella.
They founded a game development company, Chimera Tales, and are redesigning an educational computer game based on a Holocaust refugee's perilous travels across Eastern Europe, called 'Marion's Journey.' The project is part of the charity, Gathering the Voices,
Máté said: "For us, the importance of Marion's Journey's redevelopment is rooted in the question of how we can create accessible but meaningful educational, narrative experiences about the Holocaust.
Gathering the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and making them accessible in an educational framework for younger generations is becoming more and more crucial as we are getting further away from WWII in time."
The project was awarded a grant from The Association of Jewish Refugees.

As Holocaust Memorial Day approaches, just a little note to remind you that we have fantastic resources on our website; ...
09/01/2023

As Holocaust Memorial Day approaches, just a little note to remind you that we have fantastic resources on our website; all of which are free to use. These include audio testimonies which have been transcribed; YouTube videos; podcasts and 10 lesson plans about Kindertransport. We also have a timeline which links to some of the interviewees' testimonies.

In November,  Máté Tóth  Ridovics of Chimera Tales - Indie game dev team and Angela Shapiro attended a conference called...
10/12/2022

In November, Máté Tóth Ridovics of Chimera Tales - Indie game dev team and Angela Shapiro attended a conference called “Challenges in Presenting Holocaust Resources in the Digital Age” at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. They presented about the Gathering the Voices website and a new exciting project which is redeveloping "Marion's Journey" a serious computer game. The ideas for the game were well received and all those in attendance are very keen to use the game . So very exciting!

We have just placed seven professionally produced videos on our YouTube channel. These have been created by Bruclay Medi...
13/11/2022

We have just placed seven professionally produced videos on our YouTube channel. These have been created by Bruclay Media Ltd. In chapter four , Martin and his father explain what they experienced when they were brutally assaulted in their own home on Reichspogromnacht (Kristalnacht)" https://bit.ly/3UR2iRR

Kristallnacht

Extract from Being Jewish in Scotland with Kathy Hagler 's moving interview.https://bit.ly/3TIj2dX
30/10/2022

Extract from Being Jewish in Scotland with Kathy Hagler 's moving interview.
https://bit.ly/3TIj2dX

"Have you ever heard about the idea of survivor's guilt? I survived, but I shouldn't have survived."Kathy shares her very personal story of a tragic start in...

Rita came from Hanover, Germany and was only nine when she and her mother were arrested by the N***s. Thanks to an aunt,...
26/10/2022

Rita came from Hanover, Germany and was only nine when she and her mother were arrested by the N***s. Thanks to an aunt, she was released and came to Britain on the Kindertransport. She believed her mother would arrive soon, and did not know the truth of what had happened to her until years later. She had a difficult childhood in Glasgow but fortunately then met her dear husband and was happily married for 61 years. Listen to her interview at https://bit.ly/3TKWJEr

Gathering the Voices is delighted to report that we are out and about delivering live presentations. Here is Steven  Ans...
19/10/2022

Gathering the Voices is delighted to report that we are out and about delivering live presentations. Here is Steven Anson talking about the video relating his father, Martin's life. To contact us for talks, please contact GtV either via our website at https://bit.ly/3CJHSmy or by email to: [email protected]

Kathy Hagler from Hungary appeared  in the BBC  documentary "Being Jewish in Scotland", https://bbc.in/3S6rW3t . Initial...
16/10/2022

Kathy Hagler from Hungary appeared in the BBC documentary "Being Jewish in Scotland", https://bbc.in/3S6rW3t . Initially, she was sent to the Munkacs Ghetto with her mother and baby sister; sadly neither survived. She also never saw her father again but she made a life for herself living initially in Israel then settling in Inverness . You can also listen to and read her interview on our website at :https://bit.ly/3gfElEE

Personal stories from the Jewish community in Scotland.

FRIEDRICH (Fridyes in Hungarian) LOTHAR WEISS, better known as Fred Weiss, was born in Miskolc in Hungary on May 23rd 19...
02/09/2022

FRIEDRICH (Fridyes in Hungarian) LOTHAR WEISS, better known as Fred Weiss, was born in Miskolc in Hungary on May 23rd 1921. He lived most of his adult life in Glasgow, Scotland and epitomised the ideal of how a poor young refugee could make good by hard work and strong will. Read his inspiring story at : https://bit.ly/3q83WRC

Have a read at the following lovely article in The Times magazine 16 /04/2022."He’s 98, I’m 43 – how a Holocaust survivo...
16/04/2022

Have a read at the following lovely article in The Times magazine 16 /04/2022.
"He’s 98, I’m 43 – how a Holocaust survivor became my best friend" Henry Wuga escaped N**i persecution at 15. Chitra Ramaswamy is half his age, the daughter of Indian immigrants. She explains how their bond developed in the following article at : https://bit.ly/36pAOPS.

Marianne Grant is featured in 'Inside Museums on the BBC. Series 2: 3. Glasgow’s Treasure Palace' Lachlan Goudie explore...
13/04/2022

Marianne Grant is featured in 'Inside Museums on the BBC. Series 2: 3. Glasgow’s Treasure Palace' Lachlan Goudie explores Marianne 's work created at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.https://bbc.in/3uAs02D Her interview with her daughter, Geraldine is on the GtV website at https://bit.ly/3M4jkr9

Frieda's Laird (Hallheimer) 's father was a baker and she lived on a farm in a small town in Southern Germany. Aged 18, ...
21/02/2022

Frieda's Laird (Hallheimer) 's father was a baker and she lived on a farm in a small town in Southern Germany. Aged 18, she came to the UK as a domestic but sadly never saw her two brothers and parents again. She had a difficult marriage and had to raise 5 children on her own. She worked as a pedlar round Glasgow, including the restaurants owned by Reo Stakis.https://bit.ly/3h1P171

Bob Mackenzie sadly died on Saturday 5th February, 2022. Listen to and read his interview on our website at https://bit....
12/02/2022

Bob Mackenzie sadly died on Saturday 5th February, 2022. Listen to and read his interview on our website at https://bit.ly/3JiUqms, where he explains the background to the Kindertransport. Watch his video interview by the BBC at https://bit.ly/3oEnRav

Thank you Daniella Theis   for your wonderful article in the Scotland on Sunday Today. 'Their stories must not be lost' ...
30/01/2022

Thank you Daniella Theis for your wonderful article in the Scotland on Sunday Today. 'Their stories must not be lost' remembering the names. lives,and contributions of those persecuted by the N**i Holocaust'

26/01/2022
Listen to Saskia Tepe's podcast, Saskia  was born in 1954 and lived in a Displaced Persons’ Camp outside Nurnberg until ...
24/01/2022

Listen to Saskia Tepe's podcast, Saskia was born in 1954 and lived in a Displaced Persons’ Camp outside Nurnberg until she was 7. Saskia describes the bravery of her mother Brigitte in escaping from a train to Auschwitz and her long journey to safety. Brigitte suffered greatly under the N***s a Mischling (mixed ancestry) then under the Czechs as a Sudeten German, and finally as a refugee in the DP camp. Saskia and her mother overcame the trauma of war and its aftermath and gradually rebuilt their lives in Britain.

George was born in East Prussia. His mother came to Glasgow first and then he joined her on the Kindertransport.  This i...
04/01/2022

George was born in East Prussia. His mother came to Glasgow first and then he joined her on the Kindertransport. This is a photo of his kit list.He travelled from London on his own but his mother went to the wrong station in Glasgow and he had to be rescued by a Yiddish speaking taxi driver. He was very sporty and gave gymnastic displays at Maccabi sports centre. He was in the Territorial Army for a while and had several jobs as a driver and then in a bedding factory.

Walter Gumprich was born in 1933 and lived in Munster, Germany. His mother was a professional athlete and ran a sports c...
09/12/2021

Walter Gumprich was born in 1933 and lived in Munster, Germany. His mother was a professional athlete and ran a sports car which she "loaned" to the N**i party so she could use it whenever she wanted. His father had an Iron Cross 1st Class from WW1. With the help of a Catholic priest they escaped from Germany, and Walter studied agriculture at a college and farm in Ayrshire. He later emigrated to Canada to take up work with the Grain Exchange.

Henry Wuga and Marion Camrass were interviewed by Angela Shapiro and Claire Singerman - Watch the Program now on BBC iPl...
21/11/2021

Henry Wuga and Marion Camrass were interviewed by Angela Shapiro and Claire Singerman - Watch the Program now on BBC iPlayer

A heatwave attracts beach-ready crowds, and it's a busy shift for Scotrail's CCTV staff.

Inside Central Station recounted the story of Polish refugee’s escape to Scotland during Second World War The BBC docume...
21/11/2021

Inside Central Station recounted the story of Polish refugee’s escape to Scotland during Second World War

The BBC documentary goes behind the scenes at Glasgow’s biggest train terminus.

https://buff.ly/2ZcyzvC

Watch Marion Camrass and Henry Wuga describe their journey to Glasgow on the 'Inside Central Station' programme on BBC S...
17/11/2021

Watch Marion Camrass and Henry Wuga describe their journey to Glasgow on the 'Inside Central Station' programme on BBC Scotland at 21.00 on Sunday 21 st November. The programme will be on iPlayer after the broadcast.

Sonja Hancox was born in Berlin, where her mother ran a dry cleaning business. Unlike Jewish professionals who lost thei...
07/11/2021

Sonja Hancox was born in Berlin, where her mother ran a dry cleaning business. Unlike Jewish professionals who lost their jobs in N**i Germany, her mother was able to work and helped support those who were no longer earning. Her Polish father left for Thailand ending up in Shanghai. Sonja and her mother escaped Germany at the last possible moment before their passports expired.

John J Crosbie was a Scottish Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery who was haunted by his experience of being part of the B...
29/10/2021

John J Crosbie was a Scottish Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery who was haunted by his experience of being part of the British Forces which entered Belsen Concentration Camp in April 1945. In his memoir he describes the horrors he saw. The situation was chaotic. Hundreds of Jewish internees were dying every day and over 10,000 bodies lay unburied. The SS guards remained unrepentant. Read John's haunting account which was passed to Gathering the Voices after his death.

Leo Metzstein, one of five children born in Berlin, came to Scotland at the age of six with two siblings on the Kindertr...
25/10/2021

Leo Metzstein, one of five children born in Berlin, came to Scotland at the age of six with two siblings on the Kindertransport. His father, a Communist, was killed in 1933. He first lived with a Quaker family, then in a hostel in Skelmorlie. Failing his "11 Plus" exam by one mark meant that he did not receive an academic education, though he went on to have an interesting variety of work experiences, including being a upholsterer, running a fruit and veg store and a taxi fleet, as well as being a local legendary amateur jazz dancer.

Gretl was born in Vienna and had a happy childhood until the N***s came. She was sponsored by the Quakers to come on the...
18/10/2021

Gretl was born in Vienna and had a happy childhood until the N***s came. She was sponsored by the Quakers to come on the Kindertransport to England, where her sister was working as a domestic. She originally stayed in Coventry but was evacuated several times because of the Blitz. She became an entomologist and moved to Glasgow where she married. She became a well known potter but said her greatest achievement was having children to spite Hi**er.

Dorothea Brander was born in Berlin. Her father was a chemist and was sent to work in Istanbul to escape from Germany. S...
07/10/2021

Dorothea Brander was born in Berlin. Her father was a chemist and was sent to work in Istanbul to escape from Germany. She describes her life in Turkey. Her brother organised support for non-N**i Germans who were interned during the war in villages by the Turks. Dorothea married on V.E. Day and came to Glasgow, which did not impress her at all! Thereafter she travelled widely with her husband when he worked for the British Council.Listen to her interview and watch it on our website.

Esperance DavidBorn in Baghdad, Iraq, Esperance describes life there and the challenge being Jewish brought to her famil...
26/09/2021

Esperance David
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Esperance describes life there and the challenge being Jewish brought to her family especially after the rise of Hi**er. She speaks about the Farhad, the pogrom against the Jews of Baghdad in 1941. She explains what happened to her Iraqi family in 1948 and thereafter, and her later experiences in Britain.

Our  mobile exhibition, supported by speakers is available to hire for schools and other organisations. The exhibition c...
09/09/2021

Our mobile exhibition, supported by speakers is available to hire for schools and other organisations. The exhibition contains a wealth of fascinating images and visual material that helps to brings to life the experiences of the people who came to Scotland to escape the Holocaust.
The exhibition contains a wealth of fascinating images and visual material that helps to brings to life the experiences of the people who came to Scotland to escape the Holocaust.

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