Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls for monument to local hero Frank Foley

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Prime Minister to establish a lasting memorial to local hero Major Frank Foley.

Working as a British intelligence office in World War II, Foley – known as the spy who saved ten thousand Jews - used his position working undercover as a passport control officer to help thousands of Jews escape from Nazi Germany.

Following the war he retired to Stourbridge where he lived at Eveson Road in Norton until his death in 1958.

In September the Prime Minister announced the creation of a Holocaust Commission to establish a permanent Holocaust memorial along with educational resources. David Cameron asked for suggestions on what form a national memorial should take.

Austin has responded to the consultation saying that in addition to a national memorial or museum, there should be regional memorials to support lessons about the Holocaust in schools across the country.

Ian Austin said:

"When other European countries were sending Jews to concentration camps, Britain provided a safe haven for tens of thousands of refugees. I think this period defines what it means to be British – our unique response to the Holocaust and role in the War gives us the right to claim a particular attached to the values of democracy, equality, freedom, fairness and tolerance.

"Frank Foley embodies these values. His refusal to stand by when people were being singled out because of their race and religion marks him out as a true local hero, and his name should be one that everyone in Dudley recognises and celebrates.

"We have the memorial by the gate to Mary Stevens Park, but I would like to see a statue to Frank Foley so that people students right across the Black Country can come and learn about him and our country’s role in fighting for freedom, democracy and tolerance against Nazi Germany."

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