I am currently listening to “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” and find the reference to Auschwitz “verdy interesting.” (As Shultz of “Hogan’s Heros” used to say.
This website was created by Douglas Gray (pictured) who was diagnosed with incurable Advanced Prostate Cancer in January 2009. Douglas passed away peacefully on Thursday 25th August 2011.
The purpose of the website is to provide information that can be used by interested people, groups, associations, etc. to help:
- reduce deaths
- increase life expectancy
- and reduce treatment complications
from a disease that kills 10,000 men a year of which 8,000 + are diagnosed with incurable advance prostate cancer of which 3,000 + die within the first year of diagnosis.
Narrative (The story behind 10,000 men)
The Iconic Auschwitz sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” is modified to read “PCa Macht Frei”, indicating that it is wrong for the Government to knowingly let 10,000 men die each year of prostate cancer when early diagnosis through screening can significantly reduce the number of deaths, increase longevity and minimise treatment complications. The figure 10,000 is visible in the raging smoke of the crematoria to indicate these unnecessary deaths.
The flower “Forget-me-nots” in the bottom left hand corner are used as a symbol to remember those men who have died, and will continue to die unnecessarily, if nothing is done about it.
Some of the “dead men walking” in the picture passing behind the Secretary’s of States for Health are using a number of different hand gestures to express how they feel ranging from, surrender, salute, two fingers, fist, one finger and blowing a kiss.
The Secretary’s of State for Health, 1997 to May 2010 under Labour Government, who were responsible for endorsing the UKNSC decision in 1997 not to screen for prostate cancer are (from left to right) Alan Milburn, John Reid, Patricia Hewitt, Alan Johnson and Andy Burnam. They are all shown with their backs on the 10,000 men that die each year and are also shown with sloped shoulders as they ignored the opportunity to solve the problem.
The silhouetted figure is Andrew Lansley the new coalition Government’s Secretary of State for Health. He is shown as a silhouette because he has the power to address the problem. The question is “will the painting be updated to show him with his back to the 10,000 men or looking at them recognising the problem and doing something about it?”