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Stories by Paul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:22 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Towards the end of 1943, activities in the labour barracks were winding down. But people all around were dying of hypothermia, diseases and starvation. There were rumours that the Russians were advancing, tension filled the air (even among the S...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:10 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

In the centre of a round table draped with a white piece of cloth was a bunch of white roses. Surrounding them were white unlit candles. Set next to that table was a very long, white section. Small, white candles were placed along the edges. On it...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:32 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The small gathering of Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his ­entourage, members of the ­security forces, media ­personnel and ­onlookers, belied the ­significance of the moment. For it was when the president ­himself lay a wreath at...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:39 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said that his two-day visit to Jamaica was aimed not only at strengthening economic, commercial and trade ties between the Caribbean and the West African country, but sought to focus on ancestral links...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:17 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

When the Europeans came to what is now known as Jamaica (Yamaye), the Tainos had established themselves in several villages all over the island. They had functional social, commercial, religious and political systems. The cacique (also spelt...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:08 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Eva Schloss, nee Geiringer, thought her mother, whom she called Mutti, was killed because she was ‘selected’ by Dr Mengele (Dr Death) himself. While she was going through unimaginable grief and despair, some new prisoners with whom she had come...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:09 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

At Birkenau concentration camp, Eva Schloss and her mother, Elfriede, whom she called Mutti, were selected to work in a workhouse called Canada, where they were to cut the lining out of the fur coats of the newly arrived prisoners. They were to...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:13 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner met Alex Honegan recently at the Craft Craft Jamaica Pop-Up Craft Village inside the Lindo Auditorium at Campion College in St Andrew. There was a wide variety of items, made of sundry materials, on sale, but the items offered by...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:10 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

If the name Angele Smith came up in a conversation, right away people would remember him as the Rising Stars alumnus who has been making a big name for himself in the local and international music industry. The man, who was born in Westmoreland, is...

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 12:07 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Gestapo officers and their guards dragged Eva Schloss (nee Geiringer), her father Erich; her mother, Elfriede; and brother Heinz from their hiding places and brought them to a Gestapo headquarters in Amsterdam, where 15-year-old Eva, Erich and...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:08 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

If you were not told before you saw Margaret Chen’s 12 pieces of artwork now on show at Olympia Gallery in Papine, St Andrew, you would stare in awe at how different they are and wonder what they are composed of. The pieces are being exhibited...

Published:Saturday | May 4, 2019 | 12:11 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Eva Schloss (nee Geiringer), her father Erich, her mother Elfriede and her brother Heinz were an Austrian Jewish family hiding from the Gestapo (official Nazi secret police officers) in Amsterdam in the The Netherlands, to where they had fled from...

Published:Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Eva Schloss, nee Geiringer, was born in Vienna, Austria, on May 11, 1929, in a Jewish family. Nine years later, on March 12, Nazi Germany annexed Austria. This annexation came to be known as the Anschluss. On September 1, 1939, World War II...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:22 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

CeeJ Carpio went through the public-school system hoping to acquire a tertiary education, and he actually enrolled in one of our local universities. Yet, the young man originally from Waterford, St Catherine, met upon financial challenges, which...

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The Holocaust of the Jews started almost immediately after Hitler gained power in Germany in January 1933. Jewish wealth was confiscated through punitive government fines. Shops and other businesses were vandalised or totally destroyed. The Jews...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:07 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

On April 2 at The Jamaica Pegasus in St Andrew, Austria-born Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor, told her story to a capacity audience that listened in rapt attention. Her book, Eva’s Story, was also on sale. Schloss posthumously became the...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:30 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Ras Mel went to England on a personal matter, but he stayed 39 years, becoming a British citizen. From Britain, he took a trip to West Africa to learn about his roots and culture. In Ghana, he saw people extracting gold from the sea. Before that,...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:10 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

At Robert Campbell’s place in Coffals district in Race Course, Clarendon, the signs of industry are everywhere – in his workshop, in his yard and in his house. For this artist, woodcarver, mould-maker and ceramicist does not subscribe to the notion...

Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:10 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Searching for answers to her religious questions and existence, Dorette Abrahams attended Unity of Jamaica for a while. The type of Christianity she found there was practical. Then, she heard that the founders of Unity, Charles and Myrtle Philmore...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:15 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

On Tuesday, April 2, it seemed like the entire Jewish community in Kingston and St Andrew had gone out to see and hear Jewish Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss tell her story of inspiration. There were people from other parts of the island, and many...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:11 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

A requiem is a mass for the dead, a funeral. It is also the name of Dr Courtney Hogarth’s one-man exhibition at the Olympia Gallery in Papine, St Andrew, from March 7-30. It is an exhibition of more than “30 paintings and drawings influenced by...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:31 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Eva Geiringer was born in Vienna, Austria, on May 11, 1929 in a Jewish family. Nine years later, on March 12, Nazi Germany annexed Austria. This annexation came to be known as the Anschluss. On September 1, 1939, World War II started when the...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:19 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Kenyan-Jamaican fusion artist Mazola Wa Mwashighadi is known for his assemblages, made of eclectic materials, some of which he has picked up from off the road. He takes what some people would regard as junk and scrap and turns them into engaging...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:15 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Rum, rum, rum it was everywhere. In bottles, in glasses, in cups, in punches, and in people’s guts. What else was to be expected when the event was billed a rum-fest? The ‘rum heads’ and wannabes came out in their bumper-to-bumper numbers with...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:22 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The Yorubas of Togo, Benin and southwestern Nigeria were one of the largest ethnic groups brought to the West Indies where they were enslaved on plantations. They were not allowed to take their material possessions with them, but their religious...

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