LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here By Tristan Robinson, Interning CorrespondentMy Axes Place is an amazing axe throwing venue in Apopka where your daily troubles and responsibilities are left behind for a fun, exciting experience of throwing axes and making memories. Located at 50 East 5th Street, My Axes Place is a new, unique experience right around the corner. Stepping into the door, I was immediately drawn into the Axe-loving world that owner Joe Lampp has created. With cool wooden designs decorating the walls and a variety of different axes to use, you can explore this unique business and learn more about the axe throwing culture and the great people that are a part of it.Looking for something to do this weekend? Need a new date night activity or a venue for your teenagers upcoming birthday? Look no further than My Axes Place.“[It has a] cool atmosphere and so much fun for the entire family! Joe and his staff are helpful and attentive,” said Alexia Emerson. “They will have you hitting the bullseye in no time! I’m looking forward to bringing my team here for some fun!”Looking for something to do this weekend? Need a new date night activity or a venue for your teenagers upcoming birthday? Look no further than My Axes Place.Founded In North America, axe throwing is a sport that has exploded over the last couple of years, popping up throughout the country. Led by Axe throwing enthusiasts like Lampp, these venues have become increasingly popular and it is easy to see why. With leagues and competitions, axe throwing has become a hobby anyone can enjoy casually or competitively.Lampp was introduced to axe throwing only a couple of years ago. After falling in love with the sport, he decided to set out and build a unique space for people to have fun and be able to experience the phenomenon that it has become. “My son and I were driving to Orlando and he said ‘dad let’s go axe throwing’… so we went and the guy taught me how to do it and he’s like you’re kinda good at it, come back. So I kept going back. I would go to Orlando three or four times a week and would throw axes. I joined leagues and really enjoyed it so I thought why not bring this great activity to Apopka and I built my own place.”Wanting to bring this sport and culture to his hometown of Apopka, Joe Lampp set out to build My Axes Place, creating the amazing venue it is today. Wanting to bring this sport and culture to his hometown of Apopka, Lampp set out to build My Axes Place, creating the amazing venue it is today. A fifth-generation Apopkian, Lampp emphasized how there was only ever one place he considered building his business and that was his hometown of Apopka. Nervous about trying it out? Don’t be! All are welcome at My Axes Place. From a father and son activity to a fun date night, My Axes Place welcomes all ages and walks of life, offering lessons on how to get that perfect bullseye or providing a space for anyone in the community to have fun and try a new experience. “The youngest person I have taught is four years old, the oldest is 92,” said Lampp. “There is no demographic, I don’t care if you are blind, crippled, or crazy. If you can’t walk, I will carry you in and I can teach you how to throw an axe.”A member of The World Axe Throwing League, My Axes Place hosts World Axe Throwing League tournaments right here in Apopka. These tournaments give those interested a chance to test out their skills and compete in axe throwing. With other weekly events such as ladies night on Wednesdays, there is always something going on.Lampp says they will be getting their beer and wine license in the next couple of weeks and will have different beverages to drink as you enjoy the axe throwing fun. Until then, My Axes Place has a bring your own beer policy. Feel free to grab a drink next door from Three Odd Guys Brewing and bring it back to enjoy.You only need to look at the numerous five-star reviews left by happy customers to see how special and fun this business is. “First time throwing axes, it was incredibly fun,” writes Caleb Soileau. “Personal lessons and care from the manager and staff were included with the hour of throwing. Everyone was very nice and encouraging the entire time. Definitely an amazing experience worth doing again!”“I heard about how much fun this place was,” said Tim Reed. “Tim and Joe made sure it lived up to our expectations. Right next to Three Odd Guys Brewery. Tim and Joe showed us the art of axe throwing and played a game with us. It was like a game of Cricket on steroids. We had so much fun, I will definitely make it a place to visit when I go out to have fun.” TAGSapopkaAxe-ThrowingentertainmentFood & DrinkJoe LamppMy Axes Place Previous articleLifescaping, landscaping, chicken-scaping and more, oh my! UF/IFAS courses rolling out in JuneNext articleCFX 2045 Metro Master Plan includes high-speed rail from Apopka to Miami Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
The Irish Charities Tax Reform Group, which represents over 150 of Ireland’s leading charities, welcomed the moves. Chairman Richard Dixon said: “The charity sector in Ireland has been calling for a regulator to oversee its work and support its development for the past 20 years. The announcement is a hugely positive step in the right direction.” At present, groups raising money for or on behalf of charities have no legal obligation to declare how much they collect or where the money is spent. A new register of charities would be accessible to the public but the identity of donors could be withheld.There are over 6000 charities in the Irish Republic and this will be the first piece of legislation regulating the sector in 30 years. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Charity ‘czar’ likely in new charities bill A charities regulator with powers to investigate and prosecute charities accused of misconduct will be appointed under new Irish government plans to overhaul the charitable sector, according to press reports. The Charities Regulation Bill 2006 will be published shortly. The Bill will give powers to enter premises, remove charity trustees and freeze assets of charities which do not comply with the legislation. It would also contain measures to oblige charities to file annual returns on fundraising activities or risk being ‘named and shamed’ by the regulator.In addition, ‘chuggers’ who approach people in the street asking them to sign up and make donations will need a permit for such activities in the future. Advertisement 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 13 March 2006 | News
Homeless charity Depaul UK made the most out of people’s desire to buy the latest iPhone by bagging a place in the queue and then offering it to the highest bidder.The iPhone 6 went on sale in the UK on Friday 17 September, and there was already a queue the day before outside Apple’s Regent Street shop. Depaul UK staff managed to bag and hold the fifth place in the queue.They then auctioned it via eBay. The offer stated: “This auction is for the physical space outside the Apple Store and a Depaul UK t-shirt, not the iPhone 6”.Sleeping on the streetThe contrast between people willing to sleep out on the street to buy the latest gadget and those who had no choice but to sleep rough had been noted the previous year by the charity when queues formed overnight to be the first to own the iPhone 5 and 5S.Joe Howes, Director of Fundraising and Development at Depaul told The Independent that they were making a fundraising opportunity out of this contrast, given that “there are hundreds of young people that sleep out every single night”.The auction raised £570, and Depaul UK included a t-shirt when handing over the space to the buyer.Charity begins at phoneDepaul’s PR agency Publicis shared details of the campaign from its launch to national media coverage. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Apple auction eBay Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 36 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 September 2014 | News Depaul UK has a good track record of novel approaches to fundraising, including the iHobo app and the Depaul Box Company which provides cardboard boxes for people moving house:[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t4NWfR26_o[/youtube] Advertisement Depaul UK auctions place in iPhone 6 queue in London
Previous articleBone Up on Hot Ag Topics at INFB Spring ConferenceNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt SHARE Get Spring Weather Preview at Ft. Wayne Farm Show SHARE Get Spring Weather Preview at Ft. Wayne Farm ShowRyan MartinThe Fort Wayne Farm Show gets underway Tuesday; and, along with hundreds of exhibits, there will be some great seminars. The show opens at 9am and will run until Thursday. On Wednesday, it will remain open until 8pm. According to show organizers, with the 2016 completion of the new Conference Center, “The show now offers approximately 1100 booths. This will allow us to display some of the larger pieces of equipment we have had to previously turn away and to include many new exhibitors previously on the waiting list to get into the show.”In addition, a series of seminars will be held. Hoosier Ag Today’s chief meteorologist Ryan Martin will be delivering two presentations on what the growing season forecast might be like in 2017.Martin says the Eastern Corn Belt may be looking at a wet spring which will impact planting and may impact what crops get put in the ground, “The models show a wet April and a wet first two weeks in May.”In addition to looking at Indiana weather, Martin will also examine the forecast for the Western Corn Belt and how it will impact the market, “I see a pattern of hotter and drier weather in the Western Corn Belt.”Chris HurtThese trends will have market implications. Thus, Martin’s program will be paired with Jon Cavanaugh, Marketing Director Central States Enterprises, and David Kohli, Market analyst for HAT, on Tuesday at 9:30am and with Dr. Chris Hurt, Ag Economist at Purdue, on Wednesday afternoon.In addition, Purdue Assistant Dean Jason Henderson will present an overview of the farm economy and Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron will discuss policy issues on both the state and federal level. Several other sessions by Purdue Extension and the Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts will take place during the show. In support of Indiana’s FFA scholarship foundation, a fundraising auction will be held at 1:00 pm both Tuesday and Wednesday, featuring a variety of donated items. Last year’s auction raised over $20,000.00 for scholarships.Watch for reports direct from the Fort Wayne Farm Show on this web site, made possible by Brodbeck Seeds and Farm Credit Mid America. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Get Spring Weather Preview at Ft. Wayne Farm Show Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 16, 2017
Print WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleO’Brien to fight for ‘evaporating rural Ireland’Next article“Welcome, feast and reverly” – ’tis Burns’ Night Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter NewsBreaking newsProstitute robbed in Limerick brothelBy Staff Reporter – January 22, 2016 1059 Linkedin Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A 20-YEAR-old man has pleaded guilty to the robbery of cash and phones from a prostitute at a Limerick brothel on May 31, 2014.Iago Dionizio with an address at the Orchards, Charleville, County Cork pleaded guilty to robbing three mobile phones and €300 in cash from a woman at an apartment at Market Place, High Street.Limerick Circuit Court was told that Dionizio was one of two men who tied up and robbed the woman of the cash and phones which were valued at €1,000.The defendant, who is a Brazilian national, made no reply when he was formally charged with the offences but last week when he appeared before Judge Tom O’Donnell at Limerick Circuit Court, he admitted the robbery.He was ordered to engage with the probation services for a report to be compiled before March 15 when he is due to be sentenced.Judge O’Donnell asked that a Romanian interpreter be in court at the next hearing to assist the victim who has a poor command of the English language. Email Facebook
ColumnsLitigation & Mental Health : Opening Up About Professional Burnout Parijata Bhardwaj16 Jun 2020 10:04 PMShare This – xThe conversations on mental health in our profession always place the onus on the individual rather than the system.The recent tragic death of a young actor has once again brought to focus mental health. Social media is presently inundated with the need to remove the stigma around mental health and the oft repeated advice of seeking out help. People are calling out the exploitative and isolating structures of the Film Industry, however, limiting it to one field is naïve. The reality of mental health in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe recent tragic death of a young actor has once again brought to focus mental health. Social media is presently inundated with the need to remove the stigma around mental health and the oft repeated advice of seeking out help. People are calling out the exploitative and isolating structures of the Film Industry, however, limiting it to one field is naïve. The reality of mental health in the legal field is an open secret. As lawyers, the terms ‘burn out’, ‘break down’ and in some cases deciding to quit the profession due to the toll on mental health are quite common. Personally, I have found the pressures of the profession and the stakes involved to wreak havoc on my mental health. In the spirit of full disclosure, I suffered a complete breakdown once, and that is when I realized that I couldn’t take my mental health for granted. The aim of this piece is two-fold- to share my experience in the hopes that others who are going through something similar might find solace and support and;to question some of the long-accepted practices in the field especially litigation which have gone unquestioned for long. I do not come from a family of lawyers. In fact, I am the first lawyer in my entire family. My decision to litigate was fueled by my idealistic desire to ‘help people’. Further, I started my litigation without any proper mentorship to speak, powered by sheer force of will that I was going to help people. Litigation, despite all your internships is learnt only when one steps into the Court. Reading the mood of the Court, thinking on your feet, and working to safeguard your client’s interest are easier said than done. Also, in my case I started practicing in Bastar, an area I was unfamiliar with and a far cry from the Courts of Delhi where I had previously interned. Owing to the ongoing armed struggle, the majority of the cases were of offences which were serious with penalty ranging from life imprisonment to death. Further, being an outsider and a woman, I never could assimilate or truly become a part of the local bar which has the potential of being a solid support system for any lawyer. I still remember my first cross-examination was in a murder case and an error on my part in framing the question ended up supporting the Prosecution’s case. The anxiety and worry of this kept me awake at nights for weeks. The armed struggle also ensured that practicing basic criminal law was a challenge in itself. On top of this, I was in a place where apart from my colleagues I had no social support network to speak of and each of us had our own mental health to deal with. The final result of this was that I soon started losing confidence in myself, felt lonely and felt that me with my limited legal knowledge was actually spoiling my client’s cases rather than helping them. Despite having read up in detail about mental health and firmly advocating being non-judgmental, I couldn’t stop judging myself. The thought of having to argue in Court filled me with anxiety and dread, ‘I hope I don’t mess up the case’. I am aware that this is a common feeling amongst lawyers, but in my case, it became so prominent that it affected my health. I started losing weight and kept falling ill frequently. Finally, I was convinced that I was not adding anything productive and I needed to take a break. So I chose to leave. The reason I communicated openly was that I wanted to hone my legal skills, but the truth was I just wanted to leave. Some survival instinct kicked in to tell me that for my own well being I had to leave and of course the privilege of having supportive parents ensured that money was not an immediate worry. However, the thought of going to a psychologist/psychiatrist for help never struck me. I was sure that leaving would soon cure all ills. After this, I joined a chamber in Mumbai and started practicing criminal litigation. I could feel the difference immediately. The mentorship I craved so long was finally there. I had someone to go to and fall back on. I made some of my best memories in litigation in this chamber. So, I started putting my everything into the profession and literally put the rest of my life on hold. Despite having many friends in Mumbai, I hardly met them, and my entire world was limited to my work and that seemed enough for some time. For me to have some savings, I had to take a room in Andheri, which meant a long commute everyday to reach work and reach home. My schedule was such that Sunday -which was the day off- would be spent more or less sleeping. There was always a matter to prepare, caselaw research to do, some filing and some work or the other. The manner in which our litigation system is structured is such that it demands and celebrates complete surrender to the work. We have each heard stories of how some lawyer functions only on 2 hrs of sleep or those perfect juniors who are not only wonderful in the legal field but manage their household also with efficiency. So, the times I found myself overwhelmed my mind would prop up these ideal juniors and tell me that the fault was with me for not being good enough and not the system. So, I would motivate myself to ignore my anxieties and tell myself that if I excel in my work everything else would work out. I rationalized the things I missed in my life as unnecessary. But such spiels seldom work, the continuous unending work started getting to me, I started feeling lonely and I started falling sick again. I had to force myself to read paperbooks. Further, the unpredictable nature of the profession also started getting to me. There were cases in which we knew on merits we should have won but we didn’t. The more one practices law, the more one realizes how little is in the control of the lawyer. My personal life also started getting affected, I hardly had either the time or energy to spend time with my partner. He started getting worried about me and in the middle of this chaos I came across a well-paying job opportunity. The money was more than double of what I was making or would make in the next few years and it also meant I got to be in the same place as my partner. My confused mind readily chose money as the reason for all my problems. I had not shared any of my anxieties or thoughts, with any of my colleagues, who are all wonderful people. The truth was I myself was not convinced of the gravity of it and verbalizing it felt like just complaining and I also started suffering from a bad case of the Imposter Syndrome. Compared to a lot of my batchmates I had it much better – I didn’t work till 1:00 AM, I liked my senior and my colleagues and the environment in the office was generally pleasant and cheerful. In such a context, my anxiety and mental health seemed to be because of my weakness. I felt guilty. I was so fortunate and had no business complaining about stress or anxiety or anything. On the contrary I should be grateful that my office was allowing me with all my flaws to work there. It was when I shifted to Delhi that things worsened. I found myself unable to read the briefs. I found myself reading the same sentence for hours and still not understanding it. Judgments, which I could remember like the back of hand, went missing from my mind. Slowly this disconnect between how I felt and how I projected myself took a toll and I still remember my breakdown moment. I had reached the office early and thought that I should get an early start and sat to read the papers again. A few minutes later, my mother called me and just casually enquired how I was doing, and that question triggered something inside me that I broke down and started crying. I just couldn’t stop the tears and I didn’t know why I was crying but I just felt exhausted. I felt like I couldn’t function anymore. At that moment I just wanted to disappear. I called my colleague and explained to her that I had to leave and hung up. The people at work were very sensitive to my needs and supportive and gave the space I needed to recover. But this time I realized that just quitting wasn’t the solution. So, I finally decided to go for therapy and went for almost a year and a half. One of the major triggers for me was the fact that I kept pushing myself to fit into the mould of the ideal lawyer our field has created over the years. This ideal lawyer is brilliant, efficient, and always on top of their game. Be it drafting, filing, briefing, or even arguing they have everything under control and as a bonus have a repertoire of witty jokes and anecdotes and in some cases an online presence as well. It was this fictitious character that I compared myself to and always found lacking. This persona gets a generational make over depending on who is using it, so I have often heard senior lawyers complain about how they toiled and overcame dreary working conditions and the junior entrants just had to toughen up. Also, there is a weird competition of suffering, so if someone narrates of working with an unreasonable senior, another will mention how he worked with two unreasonable juniors and each person tries to one up the other. These stories are often narrated to young lawyers asking them either to ignore the exploitative nature of the field or to just bear it because that is the way things are. I often find it ironic, that a profession which often challenges unjust systems and has developed a plethora of caselaw on the fact that following something because it is the convention is no defense against injustice, has no qualms in asking lawyers to bear the injustice of the field. Even the most sensitive people, while giving a patient hearing, often conclude by saying that maybe this field is not meant for you. The conversations on mental health in our profession always place the onus on the individual rather than the system. It is the individual lawyer who is weak, inefficient, or ill-equipped to bear the profession rather than the profession which is exploitative and inhuman. As a profession, we seldom openly question the long working hours, the highly hierarchical nature of the profession, the fact that a young lawyer from modest background with no Godfather in the profession has almost zero institutional support, the fact that we have one of the highest burn out rates but we do not have any proper mechanism of counseling or addressing the toll on mental health. We have all heard stories of workplace harassment and abuse which is justified under the garb of ‘the senior is temperamental’. A lot of emotional abuse and cruelty gets legitimized because of the culture which romanticizes suffering. At the end, over the years there are some pointers which have helped me to cope with the profession better: 1. Your journey in this profession is your personal journey. Don’t feel pressured to fit into moulds or expectation, take time to device your own rhythm. 2. Try and litigate in your hometown if possible. The support system of a family or even the general familiarity of culture is invaluable in litigation. 3. Try and find a good mentor. A recent article on this point is immensely helpful (https://www.livelaw.in/columns/finding-mentorship-in-the-legal-profession-158335). 4. Set your limits and be firm about it. Despite what might seem from the article, I love practicing the law. The adrenaline rush from a good Court hearing or the feeling you get when you realize the Judge has understood your point is indescribable. I am yearning to achieve that balance and reach a point where I can say litigation is a part of my life and not my life and be content with that. (The author is a Delhi-based Advocate, and may be reached at [email protected])Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Ammonite-bearing Jurassic and Cretaceous sedimentary successions are well developed in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Magallanes Basin of Patagonia. Faunas of middle Jurassic-late Cretaceous age are present in Antarctica but those of Patagonia range no earlier than late Jurassic. Although the late Jurassic perisphinctid-dominated faunas of the Antarctic Peninsula show wide-ranging Gondwana affinities, it is not yet possible to effect a close comparison with faunas of similar age in Patagonia because of the latter’s poor preservation and our scant knowledge of them. In both regions the Neocomian is not well represented in the ammonite record, although uninterrupted sedimentary successions appear to be present. Lack of correspondence between the Aptian and Albian faunas of Alexander I. and Patagonia may be due to major differences in palaeogeographical setting. Cenomanian-Coniacian ammonite faunas are known only from Patagonia, although bivalve faunas indicate that rocks of this age are present in Antarctica. Kossmaticeratid faunas mark the late Cretaceous in both regions. In Antarctica these have been classified as Campanian, whereas in Patagonia it is generally accepted, perhaps incorrectly, that these also range into the Maestrichtian.
SAILING This year’s match took place on the Solent after the end of Trinity term. The teams, one mixed and one ladies’, competed in Sonars, each with three people on board. On the first morning the sun was out and there was a light breeze. Adrenalin was high and the evenlymatched nature of the teams made for exciting racing. Oxford cruised home in the first Mixed race and also the first Ladies’ event. The Ladies subsequently added to their advantage, notching up two further wins before the end of the first day. In contrast, there was everything to play for in the Mixed contest with the teams level at two races apiece The next morning saw a change in conditions with heavy rain and a stronger breeze. The Oxford Mixed team secured an important triumph in the first race on the water. Then it was down to the Ladies to demonstrate their superiority once again. With Cambridge needing to win, the Dark Blues recovered from a poor start, pulling out some of their best teamwork and manoeuvres to complete a resounding four-nil victory. Meanwhile, the sixth race of the Mixed event went to Cambridge, leaving the score tied with only one race remaining. Oxford maintained their focus however, gaining the upper hand in the crucial seventh race. The Dark Blues overtook their counterparts coming round the final mark and held on to the finish. This was to be the first time in over twenty years that Oxford sailors had achieved the Double.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003
The widow of a respected Wolfson College don is facing extradition to her native Poland on charges she engineered the wrongful execution of a wartime hero more than fifty years ago. Helena Wolinska-Brus, now 88 and a resident of North Oxford, joined the Polish communist movement in 1939 after escaping the Warsaw ghetto in the Nazi-occupation era. As a magistrate in the post-war Soviet regime, she headed the 1953 prosecution of Gen. Emil Fieldorf, a wartime resistance leader. Allegedly, his refusal to collaborate with the new regime led to the fabrication of false evidence accusing him of killing Soviet soldiers and communist anti-Nazi fighters. Fieldorf, whose body has never been found, was posthumously pardoned after the overthrow of the Soviet regime. The campaign against Mrs Wolinska is being led by Fieldorf’s daughter, Maria, who called the former prosecutor “one of those careerists who are the pillars of any dictatorship.” Maria learned from a rabbi that her father had been kept in solitary confinement for 23 months: “He had been starved and harassed and was under constant interrogation,” she said. “It was a terrible experience and I vowed to repay them.” Mrs Wolinska is also accused of arranging for the false arrests of 24 others as part of a campaign to quell anti-Soviet resistance. Two previous attempts at extraditing Mrs Wolinska, made in 1999 and 2001, were refused by British authorities because of Mrs Wolinska’s age. Poland’s recent admission to the EU now means, however, that a Warsaw military tribunal was allowed to issue the warrant for Mrs Wolinska without permission from British courts. Responsibility for making the arrest would lie with the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), who were unable to comment on the case. If convicted, Mrs Wolinska could spend up to 10 years in prison. Speaking from her home in Bardwell Road, Mrs Wolinska called the case “political,” complaining that she has been made a scapegoat for a trial in which she denies involvement. “I am the only one alive. I can’t even call witnesses if I’d like to have them because everyone is dead,” she said. “I do not know why the whole business is coming up again. This is an old case.” Wolinska-Brus has lived in England since 1972 and is now a British citizen. Her husband, Wlodzimierz Brus, was Emeritus Professor of Russian and East European studies and fellow of Wolfson College. He died in August.