falls silent to mark the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz
Frank Foley Statue was part of a nationwide event to mark the
70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau on Tuesday
Frank Foley Statue in Market Street hosted a special candle designed
by Sir Anish Kapoor as part of a national initiative that saw
70 candles lit at Holocaust Memorial Day events across the UK.
Joyce Curtis, Chairman of the former Frank Foley Committee, lit
the candle during a short service conducted around the statue
on Tuesday morning.
well-attended service was held to start a moment of reflection
honouring the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
event was attended by the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council,
Cllr Peter Downing, and the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr
War Memorial Trust, which has commemorated Holocaust Memorial
Day since 2006, was chosen to host a candle 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 were pleased that Highbridge was 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
Frank Foley, right, was employed as a Passport Control
Officer in Berlin from 1920 until 1939.
his role, he was able to help hundreds of Jews escape from Nazi
Germany before the outbreak of World War Two.
had no diplomatic immunity and put himself at great risk by helping
to save the lives of 10,000 Jews.
Ainish's candles were also lit at a national commemorative event
in central London and at Auschwitz as part of international commemorations.
Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust,
says: "Sir Ainsh Kapoor created the beautiful candle to mark
Holocaust Memorial Day on the 70th anniversary of the liberation
all 70 of their candles were lit throughout the country, it created
a poignant moment of remembrance and a time for us all to ensure
we keep the memory alive."