Holocaust survivor from Martlesham Heath to light special candle at University of Essex

UCS Graduation Frank Bright

UCS Graduation Frank Bright - Credit: James Fletcher Photography Ltd

A Holocaust survivor who lives in Suffolk is taking part in a special event at the University of Essex to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.

A Holocaust survivor who lives in Suffolk is taking part in a special event at the University of Essex to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.

Frank Bright, from Martlesham Heath, is lighting one of 70 candles commissioned by the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust at 4.30pm on Tuesday.

The candle lighting will be followed by a procession of light through the university’s Wivenhoe campus.

Designed by Sir Anish Kapoor the candle is part of the 70 candles for 70 years project, which will see similar candles lit across the UK including Southend and Norwich.


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Mr Bright, an honorary graduate at University Campus Suffolk said: “Sometimes I feel people do not realise what happened in the Holocaust or have forgotten.

“The events in France and Europe show that the anti-Semitism which caused the Holocaust is continuing.”

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The procession is one of a series of events being held by the university as part of Holocaust Memorial Week.

Other events include the Dora Love Prize evening at the university on Wednesday night.

Organised in honour of Holocaust survivor and Essex honorary graduate Dora Love, the evening sees schools from Essex and Suffolk present art, film, poetry and presentations reflecting issues around the Holocaust.

To see the full event programme at the University of Essex go to the Holocaust Memorial Week website.

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