Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott will follow in the footsteps of the Queen, survivor Arek Hersh and Joan Collins next week in being the subject of a sculpture by Frances Segelman.

The 87-year-old – who went on to compete in weightlifting at the Olympics within a few years of liberation and has dedicated himself to passing on the lessons of the Shoah – will be immortalised in clay during a live event on 7 June.

The sculpture will be sent for bronzing and it is hoped the artwork donated by Frances Segelman will then be presented to a leading museum.

Helfgott is the President of Yad Vashem UK Foundation, which is organising the event, and was a member of David Cameron’s Holocaust commission.

Simon Bentley, chair of Yad Vashem UK, said: “It is a great privilege for us to be holding an event to honour our honorary president – an inspiration for us all.”

Frances Segelman with her sculpture of HM The Queen

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