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Harry Potter’s Glasses To Be Used In Holocaust Memorial

by ClaireAug 1, 2008
By Vicky Anderson for Liverpool Echo, 3rd January 2008

HARRY POTTER star Daniel Radcliffe has become the latest big name to donate his trademark glasses to a poignant new artwork to remember victims of the Holocaust.

The piece is part of Liverpool’s month of events leading up to Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, which coincidentally will be spearheaded by his Harry Potter co-star, Liverpool-born Jason Isaacs.

Isaacs, who has just been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in The State Within, will lead the main event on January 27 in a commemorative ceremony at the Philharmonic Hall.

Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sachs, and the Arch-bishop of Canterbury, the Rt Rev Rowan Williams will head the memorial.

Daniel Radcliffe, famous for his role as the teenage wizard, has given his first pair of glasses to the Respectacles project, a piece inspired by images of the Holocaust.

Other celebrities including Yoko Ono, Stephen Fry, Jerry Springer, Paul O’Grady and Ronnie Corbett have also donated glasses.

More than 1,000 pairs have now been donated and the public are invited to add more before its unveiling on January 21.

Sending the glasses, Mr Radcliffe, whose mother is Jewish, said: “Please find enclosed my first pair of glasses which I wore at school at six. I wish you every success with the exhibition.”

The image of piles of mangled pairs of glasses was one of the stark remainders of the sheer scale of death and human suffering during the Holocaust.

The Respectacles project aims to put across the message that all individuals play their part in preventing genocide.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Paul Clark, who has also donated, said: “It is a wonderful gesture by Daniel. His glasses will form part of a symbolic piece of artwork which will help people to learn how important it is to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.

“This initiative is an opportunity for people in the city to be able to reflect on the past and the vital issues such as racism, prejudice, violence and bullying, while contributing to a major work of art and helping visually impaired people in the developing world.”

Glasses can be donated to any Liverpool library, One Stop Shop or at the Town Hall. The exhibition will be displayed at the Town Hall from January 21- 26.

The glasses will then be donated through Vision Aid Overseas to those with poor eyesight in the developing world. It forms part of a series of events leading up to the January 27 event at the Philhar-monic Hall, where Jason Isaacs, will act as a narrator.

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