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Issue No. 2326

The Lidice Story

The Nazis destroyed the Czech village of Lidice in 1942. The shootings and deportations were filmed and broadcast to discourage resistance.

But the footage had the opposite effect, sparking global outrage instead. In Stoke-on-Trent miners donated their money and time to a huge campaign to rebuild Lidice.

A new exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, which runs till 4 November, includes photos, film and interviews with Lidice residents who were rescued as children and later returned to their relatives. For details go to

Tori Amos: Gold Dust

Gold Dust is a reworking of 14 of Tori Amos’s songs with the Amsterdam Metropole Orchestra. These are subtle reinterpretations, and some versions are truly beautiful.

Amos is known for her unique style as a pianist and her unconventional lyrics. She has been a voice for many women, with songs aboutstruggling single mothers, anorexia, rape, abortion and attitudes to female sexuality.

Gold Dust is aimed at fans, but it could also introduce Amos to a new audience as these issues return to the political battleground.

Kathleen Sherry

5 Broken Cameras

For five years from 2005, Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat filmed in his village Bilin using five cameras. All five are broken in turn by Israeli soldiers. A “security fence” is erected to cut off the land to build Israeli houses.

This is a harrowing, beautiful and enraging film. We see weekly protests, as people march on the fence clutching olive branches. They depend on the olive trees to live, but Israeli cranes uproot them and settlers burn them by night.

Jaishree Cairns

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Tue 23 Oct 2012, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2326
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