Kapi-Mana News : August 9th 2011
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Glass fitter Plumber Roofer Electrician Gasfitter Gardener Paver Cat door Builder Heat pumps Pool cleaner Appliance repairs www.intelligenttradeservices.co .nz Insulation 3834411AA 233 8162 Trade Services TradeServices iIntelligent Trade Services Ltd Joshua’s singing success Tawa College student Joshua Faletutulu is one of the winners in the national 2011 Westfield 5 Minutes of Fame competition. The 15-year-old sang Bruno Mars’ The Lazy Song while playing guitar at Westfield Queensgate Shopping Centre, out- scoring 85 other contestants to make it to the national final. Entrants aged 5 to 18 were challenged to grab their ‘‘five- minutes of fame’’ by showcasing their singing, dancing or musical abilities on stage. The talent shows were held at nine Westfield shopping centres throughout the country during the school holidays. Joshua will now battle it out online against finalists from Auckland, Hamilton and Christ- church to be crowned the overall 5 winner. All finalists’ videos are avail- able to view and be voted on via the Westfield website. Online voting runs until August 21. The supreme winner will take home a $1500 tuition grant to help them fine-tune their talent. To view Joshua’s performance and all the finalist acts, visit westfield.co .nz. French family’s extreme sacrifice for Kiwi pilot By JIM CHIPP Family history: Peter Glensor, left, his cousin Tricia Glensor and Keren Chiaroni, author of The Last of the Human Freedoms. Ms Glensor’s father was among the New Zealand airmen whose stories are told in Chiaroni’s book. The last human freedom is the right to choose your own response to the circumstances in which you find yourself. In the case of many French families in World War II that meant choosing between collaboration or putting themselves in grave jeopardy by aiding downed Allied airmen. Wellington author Keren Chiaroni said some paid an awful price for their choice. Her book The Last of the Human Freedoms was launched at Unity Books recently with many descendants and family of surviving fliers attending. The Patris family of Laines-aux-Bois took in New Zealander John Sanderson in 1944, fed and sheltered him, and sought treatment for his injuries. But the doctor they called chose differently and turned them in to the Gestapo. They were arrested and Emil Patris died on the way to Dachau concentration camp. His wife Yvette was eventually released. Chiaroni said her interest was piqued when the Patris’ daughter visited her family in Wellington. She had come to meet Chiaroni’s partner and his son Oliver, Sanderson’s son and grandson. ‘‘It started with meeting the French family who saved John Sanderson during the war,’’ she said. They had travelled to New Zealand to meet the family of the airman their parents had tried to help. ‘‘The woman’s father had died a very terrible death,’’ Chiaroni said. ‘‘I found I wanted to record something of this story for Oliver.’’ Chiaroni, who teaches French at Victoria University, travelled to France to learn more of Sanderson’s story and, once there, she found more stories of airmen who were assisted in occupied France. ‘‘When I went to France, because I can speak French, this story widened out.’’ She learned from the papers belonging to a widow who had died, of the doctor’s treachery. ‘‘Here was this long testimony of what happened, naming the doctor,’’ she said. Chiaroni also learned of other New Zealand airmen, including Raymond Glensor. Glensor’s daughter Tricia Glensor of Wel- lington was at the launch, and so was his nephew, Peter Glensor of Korokoro. Glensor had been assisted by local families, given false papers and helped to escape from occupied France by the same resistance net- work that helped another Wellingtonian, Nancy Wake. ‘‘It was just a very rich and interesting story,’’ Chiaroni said. ‘‘One of the discoveries I made was that you can’t learn history from a distance. ‘‘The main thing for me has been the dis- covery that history is hugely exciting, and the sacrifices of the past impact very heavily on the present, not always of generals, but of ordi- nary individuals. Theirs’ [sacrifices] are often the most inspiring.’’ French Ambassador Michel Legras launched the book. ‘‘This book, The Last of the Human Freedoms is about human beings maintaining their integrity in times of political and human turmoil,’’ he said. ❚ The Last Of The Human Freedoms, by Keren M. Chiaroni, $39.99, published by Harper Collins.
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