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David Shentow

David Shentow was a Belgian-Canadian Holocaust survivor and educator. He is featured in a number of Canadian Holocaust related books. David Shentow was born David Krzetowski on April 29, 1925 in Warsaw, Poland to Rivka and Moishe Avraham, who were from Białobrzegi, Poland, he was the eldest of 3 children and had two sisters and Esther. A short time after David was born, he and his parents moved to Antwerp, Belgium where David attended the local Tachkemoni school. None of his immediate family was to survive the Holocaust; when WWII broke out in September 1939, David’s father tried to flee to France with his family, but the border was closed and they returned to Antwerp. There the situation for the Jewish community worsened. In 1941, Jews had to turn in their bicycles to the Gestapo office. David along with all Jewish children, was forbidden to go to school, banned from many public places, forced to wear the yellow Star of David on his clothing along with all members of the Jewish community; when Shentow was 17 years old, all able-bodied men, boys aged 16 or older, were forced to report to the railway station in Antwerp, from where he was sent to a number of camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942.

He would never see his sisters again. When he was profiled by CBC in 2015, he recalled arriving at Auschwitz on a train at 4 o’clock in the morning and being ordered off along with a young woman with a crying baby: "The SS walked over to her and pointed,'Keep it quiet,'" he said. "No matter how hard she was trying to keep the baby quiet, the baby started to cry louder. He grabbed the baby by the legs and threw it against the train. I knew, I'm in hell." Shentow survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, many other trying experiences, including the death marches and the Dachau concentration camp, from where he was liberated on his 20th birthday, April 29, 1945. Shentow is the central figure in the Ottawa-born documentary director Koa Padolsky’s film "Le Chemin des Juifs" which chronicles his Holocaust experiences during the war. ‘Le Chemin des Juifs’ refers to a 4 km concrete road that Belgian Jewish slave laborers, including David Shentow, were forced to build by the Nazis. The road was to be utilized by heavy armoured vehicles and tanks for Hitler’s intended invasion of England.

Located close to the French coastline towns of Hardelot and Condette, the road can still be found, in a local nature reserve, the foot-prints of both the Jewish prisoners and their German captors are still preserved in the concrete. He appears in the film Blind Love, where he recalls in shock his first moments in Auschwitz, when the German guards set their dog upon the prisoner standing next to him, killing him instantly. "A gentleman standing beside me stopped the SS man politely: Excuse me sir, I will leave the luggage – can I just take out a picture? The SS man let the dogs loose, they didn’t run, they just flew in the air straight to the men’s neck. And as the man stopped moving, I said: My God this man is dead! And this was the first 10 -15 minutes. I knew I am in Hell." In the same film, Shentow contrasts the Nazis training of dogs to attack prisoners along with the Nazi genocidal treatment of people with disabilities, with the experience of a group of blind Israelis traveling to Auschwitz on the March of the Living with their guide dogs.

"These dogs were there to kill, these dogs are here for life. …. Were trained to jump on people’s necks – you see a dog like that – like night and day." David Shentow immigrated to Canada in 1949 where he married Rose Feldberg and together they raised their daughters Renee and Lorie. It was a chance encounter in the 1980s with Canadian Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel that prompted to speak about the Holocaust. In Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generations, by Eli Rubenstein, Shentow is quoted as saying that when he first learned there were people denying the Holocaust, "I said there and I would crawl on my hands and knees all the way to Auschwitz-Birkenau, or anywhere else, to tell my story to anyone, willing to listen, his is why I march and why I speak." In the same book, he recalled his first visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau on the March of the Living: "Well, when we went to Auschwitz…it shook me up. When I saw the big sign, it brought back such painful memories. I just stood at the gate.

I was mesmerized. One student came up to me, ‘David, David…we will walk in together, we will walk out together.’ "They were holding on to me or I was holding on to them. I don’t remember anymore – the sympathy, the hugging…there are no words to describe it, it will be with me forever."

West Cork

West Cork is a region in County Cork, Ireland. Traditionally a tourist destination, the area is marketed to tourists for its rugged peninsulas, beaches such as Inchydoney and Barleycove, towns and villages such as Skibbereen, Clonakilty and Rosscarbery; the area of West Cork is not defined, but at its broadest definition it includes all parts of County Cork south and west of the River Lee with the exception of Cork city and suburbs. Road signs may be found around Cork city and elsewhere directing traffic for "The West", or "West Cork"; the area was linked in the early 19th century by the Cork and South Coast Railway, which began in Cork City, travelled across the county, with branches to Clonakilty and Skibbereen, before terminating at Bantry. The narrow gauge Schull and Skibbereen Railway closed in 1947. Today, the main infrastructural backbone is provided by the R586 routes. Other towns in West Cork include Bantry, Skibbereen, Castletownbere, Schull and Macroom. A large part of the area is contained within both the Catholic and Church of Ireland Dioceses of Ross.

These dioceses no longer exist separately and now form part of the larger Dioceses Cork and Ross

Percy Irausquin

Joseph Gregory Percy Irausquin was an Aruban-born Dutch fashion designer and couturier based in Amsterdam. He was described by the Dutch media as "one of the most talented young designers in the Netherlands." The Dutch national daily newspaper De Volkskrant described his clothing designs as "sexy and extravagant" and "fashionable but not fussy."Irausquin was born in Oranjestad, Aruba, on June 26, 1969. He graduated from an art and design school in Amsterdam, his work was noticed by a high end French fashion designer. Irausquin went to work for Lacroix in Paris shortly after his graduation, he worked for Givenchy with Hubert Barrere, a corset specialist, at the house of Christian Dior. Irausquin was named by Vogue Magazine as a prominent up-and-coming designer in 2007, his work was featured on the covers of several Dutch and international magazines, including Marie Claire and Elle. He held a fashion show at the Amsterdam Fashion Week 2008 just a few days before his death, he was once quoted in an interview.

I'm not an innovator. I don't want to change the world. I just want to make it more beautiful."Irausquin was found dead at his home in Amsterdam on August 14, 2008, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried in his native Aruba. Official website Photos of Irausquin fashion show

High marsh

High marsh is a tidal marsh zone located above the Mean Highwater Mark which, in contrast to the low marsh zone, is inundated infrequently during periods of extreme high tide and storm surge associated with coastal storms. The high marsh is the intermittent zone between the low marsh and the uplands, an terrestrial area flooded during events of extreme tidal action caused by severe coastal storms; the high marsh is distinguished from the low marsh by higher elevation. The elevation of the high marsh allows this zone to be covered by the high tide for no more than an hour a day. With the soil exposed to air for long periods of time, evaporation occurs, leading to high salinity levels, up to four times that of sea water. Areas of high salinity prohibit plant growth altogether; these barren sandy areas are known as "salt pans". Some cordgrass plants do survive here, but do not reach their full size. Salt pannes and pools

Paul Sartin

Paul Sartin is an English singer, instrumentalist and arranger, specialising in oboe and violin. He is best known for his work with the folk band Bellowhead, but plays with three-piece Faustus and the folk/comedy duo Belshazzar's Feast. Sartin was brought up in London, he was educated at Anson Primary School, Highgate School, on an assisted place, subsequently moved to the Purcell School for Young Musicians, again on an assisted place from Brent music service. Between school and university, he played oboe with a musical theatre troupe called Gloria, the English National Opera's Baylis project, he took up a choral scholarship at Magdalen College, where he gained a 2:1 in music. Upon leaving Oxford University, Sartin sang as a lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, a post he held for five years. During that period, he gained a diploma - Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music - and was invited to join the band Life Of Reilly, which at that time included his future collaborator Paul Hutchinson.

However, in 1995 they left to form the duo Belshazzar's Feast The duo began performing for ceilidhs and social dances, but grew a concert repertoire and a reputation for musical comedy. In 1998 he formed the folk band Dr Faustus, with Tim van Eyken, Benji Kirkpatrick and Robert Harbron, with the intention of playing English folk music; the band undertook outreach work with charities Superact and Live Music Now, produced two albums – The First Cut and Wager – before splitting in 2005. He took up a position as vocal tutor at St Edward's School, Oxford in 1999, commenced singing as deputy lay clerk in Winchester Cathedral choir in 2000, began directing the Andover Museum Loft Singers, a non-auditioning community choir based in Andover, Hampshire, in 2001. In 2004 John Spiers and Jon Boden invited Sartin and Kirkpatrick to join their new 11-piece band Bellowhead; the band, with Sartin on violin and backing vocals, released one EP and five studio albums over their 12-year duration. Two of those albums went silver.

They were nominated and won many BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards over the years, including Best Live Act on five occasions. Their music was playlisted on BBC Radio 2, they made appearances on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC2, appeared at festivals all around the UK, continental Europe and Canada, as well as touring regularly. Bellowhead ended in Spring 2016. Sartin achieved a distinction in his master's degree in Traditional Music in 2005, from Newcastle University, where he became a visiting tutor. Faustus, a continuation of Dr Faustus which combined Sartin and Kirkpatrick with Saul Rose, was formed in 2006; the band produced an album, Faustus in 2008, had a hiatus during 2010-11, made their second album Broken Down Gentlemen in 2013. In Faustus Sartin shares lead vocals alongside his oboe, cor anglais, violin duties. All three members received English Folk Dance and Song Society 75th anniversary awards in 2007, to commemorate their significant contributions to the development and continuity of traditional English folk music and dance.

Faustus were nominated for Best Group at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2010 Sartin joined the Remnant Kings, with whom he tours occasionally. Belshazzar's Feast received a nomination for Best Duo at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; the Bellowhead Songbook, edited by Sartin, was published by Faber Music and issued in 2014. Made In The Great War, a piece devised around the history of a pre-war violin in Sam Sweeney's possession, has toured annually since 2014. Sartin plays cor anglais and violin in the work, he composes, notably numerous works for theatre. Works include The Hartlepool Monkey for Streetwise Opera, nominated for a BASCA award. Sartin compiled and produced Community Choirs: Folk for Faber Music in 2016. Faustus released a third album and Other Animals, in Autumn 2016, he was musical director and performer in a revised production of The Transports, which toured in 2017. Sartin hosted BBC Four's Christmas session, broadcast in 2009, which featured Bellowhead and Belshazzar's Feast alongside Jim Moray, The Unthanks, Thea Gilmore and Lisa Knapp.

He has appeared on BBC Radio 2's ‘Clare Balding Show’ and BBC Radio 3's ‘In Tune’ and ‘The Choir’. In 2016 he appeared on BBC Radio 4's Playing The Skyline and playing music based on a view of Oxfordshire; the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are an annual awards ceremony held to celebrate achievement among folk artists that year. In 2007 Sartin, as part of Faustus, received an English Folk Dance and Song Society 75th anniversary award to commemorate a significant contribution to the development and continuity of traditional English folk music and dance. Bellowhead's Hedonism, featuring Sartin, won Best Album in the FRoots Magazine Critic's Poll in 2010. In 2011 Sartin's composition The Hartlepool Monkey for Streetwise Opera was nominated for a BASCA award. 2016 Death and Other Animals Faustus 2016 Live: The Farewell Tour Bellowhead 2014 Revival Bellowhead 2014 The Whiting's On The Wall Belshazzar's Feast 2013 Broken Down Gentlemen Faustus 2012 Broadside Bellowhead, 2012 Stocking Fillers Belshazzar's Feast, 2010 Hedonism Bellowhead, 2010 Find the Lady Belshazzar's Feast, 2009 Frost Bites Belshazzar's Feast 2008 The Food of Love Belshazzar's Feast, 2007 Faustus Faustus, 2007 Matachin Bellow