|Marking Holocaust Memorial Day, a short film has been released of Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) creating a bust of Freddie Knoller, a 98-year-old Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter. VIEW FILM
Freddie who is a member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre, was sculpted at a live event at Jewish Care’s Selig Court independent living apartments on 19 January and was attended by an audience of Freddie’s family and friends, tenants of Selig Court, members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre and young volunteers from the Sunday Social.
The initial life-size clay bust of Freddie took just two hours to complete and will subsequently be cast into bronze at the Bronze Age Foundry in Limehouse. Frances’ daughter, Victoria Perloff, painted a portrait of Freddie which she presented to him on the day.
Well known for her busts of royalty and celebrities, the bust is the latest in a series of sculptures created by Frances Segelman of Holocaust survivors living in the UK, including Sir Ben Helfgott, Leslie Kleinman BEM, Ivor Perl BEM and Miriam Freeman.
Frances Segelman said, “It has been a great privilege to sculpt Freddie Knoller – these important art events help future generations learn from the Holocaust so that it never happens again”.
Freddie Knoller said, “During the Second World War I was making a living in Paris. In 1943 I was arrested and deported to Auschwitz and later taken on the death march to Bergen-Belsen.” Freddie was later liberated from Bergen-Belsen by the British Army.
After the sculpting session Freddie commented, “Although I have had many photos taken of me I have never been sculpted before. It was very exciting to be sculpted by Frances, she is a fantastic artist and has created an amazing sculpture of me”.
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