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'Harry Potter' star donates eyeglasses to Holocaust exhibition

Discussion in 'Movies & TV' started by MJMANDALAY, Jan 3, 2008.


    MJMANDALAY Registered User

    Jan 26, 2005
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    MANCHESTER, England - Daniel Radcliffe, who has captivated moviegoers as the bespectacled schoolboy wizard in the Harry Potter films, has donated the first pair of glasses he wore as a child to an exhibition marking the horrors of the Holocaust.

    The British actor joins Yoko Ono, talk show host Jerry Springer, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other celebrities and members of the public whose spectacles will be linked together in the shape of a railway track — recalling the trains that carried many of the Nazis' victims to concentration camps throughout Europe. An estimated 6 million Jews died.

    The exhibition in Liverpool will open Jan. 21. The port city in northwest England will host Britain's Holocaust Day commemorative service on Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    Muslim leaders are to attend the multicultural service, which is the culmination of a series of lectures, exhibitions, stage shows and musical events recalling the Nazi atrocities and more recent genocides. Jason Isaacs, who stars as the sinister Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" films, will also take part in the service.

    The 18-year-old Radcliffe, whose mother is Jewish, sent the oval, gray metal-framed pair of glasses he wore as a 6-year-old.

    In a statement, Ono called the project "such a symbolic piece of artwork, which will help people to learn how important it is to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust and to challenge hatred and prejudice wherever it arises."

    Organizers are seeking a total of 110,000 pairs of eyeglasses. When installed inside Liverpool Town Hall's main ballroom, mirrors will multiply the number of spectacles and give the appearance of 330,000 pairs — the estimated number of Jews in Britain at the time of the Holocaust.

    "We wanted to remind people of the horrors of the Holocaust, but we wanted an artistic response and not just ... a mound of spectacles," Jean Evans, the project's director, told The Associated Press.

    The exhibition will also offer a legacy of its own. After it is dismantled, the glasses of the famous will be auctioned for charity while the others will be donated to people in developing nations through the charitable group Vision Aid Overseas.

    To coincide with the Holocaust Day events, an Anne Frank Festival is to open Saturday. A replica of the Amsterdam bedroom where the Jewish teenager wrote her diary will be constructed inside Liverpool's Anglican cathedral.

    The 15-year-old died of typhus in Germany's Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945 after being seized from the Amsterdam attic where she, her sister and parents had hidden from the Nazis.
  2. mascan42

    mascan42 Registered User

    Aug 26, 2002
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    Umm . . . so what the fuck does a kid's pair of glasses have to do with the Holocaust?
  3. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

    Sep 15, 2004
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    Wizards could have saved all those lost j00's.
  4. MrAbovePar

    MrAbovePar En Taro Anthony

    Mar 14, 2005
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    I kinda hate things like this.

    To the celebrities, I'd just like to say the Holocaust isn't about you. If you want to honor them then how about being the minor point of the story. How many times do I have to see, "Famous person helps victim" in the headline and then all the way at the bottom the actual person suffering gets a footnote.

    It's gotten to the point I'm starting to hate a lot of celebrities.
  5. ianbobo

    ianbobo Well-Known Member
    It's My Birthday!

    Oct 4, 2004
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    The 18-year-old Radcliffe, whose mother is Jewish, sent the oval, gray metal-framed pair of glasses he wore as a 6-year-old.

    Harry Potters a muggle
  6. bryanswafford

    bryanswafford Its the revolution Maaannnnnnn

    Oct 28, 2005
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    I agree, it's all about the P.R. If a star really wants to do something, just write your name on the check and send it like ever other human. Attention craving asses. I keep waiting for Tyra to have a survivor on so she can, in some way, make the holocaust all about her!
  7. WhiskeyWhispers

    WhiskeyWhispers I Want To Kill You All

    Mar 11, 2007
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    Trust me, we don't need reminding, BECAUSE YOU PEOPLE NEVER SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT!!!!!!!

    6 million dead, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda, we know, we know.
    As if the 50 movies a year about it weren't enough.
    At this point, you are all beating a dead Jew.
    Shaddupa ya face fer Chrissake.

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