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Holocaust survivor to be immortalised in Leeds sculpture

Artist Frances Segelman is 'honoured and moved' after being asked to create a model of survivor Arek Hersh

Arek Hersh at Auschwitz during March of the Living 2017 

(Sam Churchill Photography)
Arek Hersh at Auschwitz during March of the Living 2017 (Sam Churchill Photography)

Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh is to be immortalised in the form of a sculpture for the Makor Jewish Culture Office in Leeds.

Polish-born Hersh, who survived Auschwitz by hopping from the line of ‘weak’ prisoners to the queue of ‘fit’ inmates, now lives in the UK and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for his services to Holocaust education.

He will be sculpted on 1 October by artist Frances Segelman, who has created busts of The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales, alongside well-known names like Joanna Lumley, Boris Johnson and Sir Steven Redgrave.

“I am incredibly honoured and moved to sculpt Arek Hersh,” said Segelman. “This sculpture of a Holocaust survivor is in commemoration of those who perished and in recognition of those who survived.”

Frances Segelman with her sculpture of HM The Queen
Frances Segelman with her sculpture of HM The Queen
Frances Segelman with HRH Prince Charles, and her sculpture of the heir to the throne
Frances Segelman with HRH Prince Charles, and her sculpture of the heir to the throne
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