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Local artist's drawings on display to commemorate Holocaust

Drawings by local artist Robert Perry are being displayed at Dudley College to commemorate the Holocaust.

The artist's drawings of Auschwitz-Birkenau are being displayed at Dudley College in the run up to Dudley’s Holocaust Memorial Service organised by Ian Austin MP. 

The drawings were done during a two week trip Robert made to Auschwitz Birkenau. The fourteen A3 drawings have previously been displayed at Huddersfield Art Gallery in an exhibition entitled "Against Hatred". Example's of Robert's work can be seen here.

Ian Austin will meet with Principal Lowell Williams and Artist Robert Parry in the “Cube” to view the display on Monday 18th January at 11am.

The display coincides with Dudley’s annual memorial service which is open to all local residents and will take place between at the Broadway Campus of Dudley College starting at 12:30 and lasting until 13:30 on Friday 29th January 2015.

Holocaust Survivor Susan Pollack will be visiting Dudley to speak about her experience in a Nazi concentration camp.

Susan was born in 1930 in Felsögöd, Hungary. In 1938 her Uncle was murdered by Fascists as anti-Semitism grew in Felsögöd. After the outbreak of the war her Father was taken to a concentration camp and in May 1944 Susan and her family were sent by cattle truck to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the subject of Roberts artwork.

The service, organised by Ian Austin MP and Dudley College Students’ Union, has become a fixture in the town’s calendar since it was first held eight years ago.

Ian Austin says:

“Robert is a brilliant local artist and it is great his work is being displayed at the College in the run up to the Holocaust Memorial Service.

“The drawings of Auschwitz-Birkenau are very poignant as this is sadly where the speaker Susan was sent in 1944 with her family.

“Our annual commemoration is always a very moving and dignified service which everyone is welcome to. I hope that people will come along on the 29th to attend the service and to see Roberts work.”

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