Street honour for Highbridge hero of the Holocaust
bravery of a Highbridge man who saved thousands of Jews from the
Nazi gas chambers has been recognised at Downing Street.
new award British Hero of the Holocaust was presented
in recognition of the courage of Major Frank Foley, the spy who
risked his life to save others.
silver medallion inscribed with the words "In The Service
Of Humanity" was presented to his niece, Patricia Dunstan,
who lives in Cornwall. Major Foley, who was born in Highbridge,
was one of 27 people honoured in a ceremony at No 10 yesterday,
most of them posthumously.
award was announced last year when Gordon Brown visited Auschwitz,
and is the first state recognition for those who saved the lives
of Jews and other persecuted groups during the Holocaust.
Prime Minister said: "They were shining beacons of hope in
the midst of terrible evil because they were prepared to take
a stand against prejudice, hatred and intolerance."
Foley was born in Highbridge in 1884 and was a spy in Berlin in
the 1930s, using the cover of head of the passport division of
the British Embassy. He risked his life by helping persecuted
Jews leave Nazi Germany, saving thousands from certain death.
entered concentration camps such as Sachsenhausen and gave visas
to the authorities so Jews could be free to travel.
also hid Jews in his home and helped get them false papers, forged
passports and visas, breaking British law, and risking his life
because as a spy he would have no diplomatic immunity. It is thought
he saved 10,000 people who went to countries under British rule.
was awarded a CMG (Order of St Michael and St George) and in 2005
volunteers from Highbridge raised money for a statue commissioned
from sculptor Jonathan Sells.
Commemorative statue for Frank
Foley unveiled in Higbridge