Quilt-making to honour disabled victims of Nazis

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ISLANDERS are being invited to participate in a global art project set up to commemorate the tens of thousands of mentally and physically disabled people who were murdered by the Nazis between January 1940 and August 1941.

Gisèle Thérézien and Kim Monins are the Jersey ambassadors for The 70273 Project, which will involve quilts being made from 70,273 individual pieces of white fabric, each bearing two red Xs and each representing one person who died.

The initiative was set up by writer Jeanne Hewell-Chambers, of North Carolina, who says on her website that between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teenagers, boys and girls – were murdered by the Nazis.

The first 'Drop in and Sew a Block' day is at St Brelade's Parish Hall on Saturday, 5 November, between 10 am and 3 pm.

These will be followed by events between 10 am and 3 pm at St Ouen's Parish Hall on Saturday 7 January, St Martin's Public Hall on Saturday 14 January and St Lawrence Parish Hall on Saturday 4 February.

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