anniversary of Auschwitz to be marked in Highbridge
Frank Foley Statue is to be part of a nationwide event to mark
the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau on
Tuesday (27th January).
Frank Foley Statue in Market Street will host a candle designed
by Sir Anish Kapoor as part of a national initiative that will
see 70 candles lit at Holocaust Memorial Day events across the
Joyce Curtis, Chairman of the former Frank Foley Committee, will
light the candle during a short service to be conducted around
the statue by Rev Sharon Crossman, Vicar of St John's Church.
service will be held at 12 mid-day to begin a moment of reflection
honouring the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
War Memorial Trust, which has commemorated Holocaust Memorial
Day since 2006, was chosen from hundreds of applications sent
to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which is the charity responsible
for marking Holocaust Day in the UK.
organiser on behalf of the Trust, Joyce Curtis, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Holocaust Memorial Day is an important focal point in the
year and we are pleased that Highbridge has been selected to be
part of this nationwide commemoration. It is vital that we remember
and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who
added that all will be welcome to attend the event, which will
also be attended by the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council,
Cllr Peter Downing, and the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr
Frank Foley, right, was employed as a Passport Control
Officer in Berlin from 1920 until 1939. In
his role, he was able to help hundreds of Jews escape from Nazi
Germany before the outbreak of World War Two. He had no diplomatic
immunity and put himself at great risk by helping to save the
lives of 10,000 Jews.
Ainish's candles will also be lit at a national commemorative
event in central London and at Auschwitz as part of international
commemorations taking place on 27th January.
Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust,
says: "Sir Ainsh Kapoor has created a beautiful candle to
mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 70th anniversary of the liberation
of Auschwitz. When all 70 of their candles are lit throughout
the country, it will be a poignant moment of remembrance and a
time for us all to ensure we keep the memory alive."
more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and the events taking
place click here.