December 16, 2009

Renowned artists contribute to Croydon Holocaust memorial

A holocaust-themed exhibition in the Clocktower is set to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp

Award-winning photographer Marion Davies and ceramic artist Jenny Stolzenberg will be displaying some of their work in the Space C Gallery from January 8 to 30.

Jenny Stolzenberg has a permanent exhibition at the Memorial Garden in the London Jewish Cultural Centre which, in 2003, commissioned her to create a piece for presentation to Steve Spielberg. Her contribution to the Croydon exhibition will be row upon row of glazed and fired ceramic shoes - replicas of the footwear left behind by holocaust victims when the camps were liberated.

Marion Davies specialises in printing techniques that create distinctive images with enhanced texture and tone from black and white film. Her exhibits comprise a photographic journey into the devastation of the holocaust and also touches on how modern day Germany is confronting the consequences of the past. Admission to the exhibition is free.

A council spokesman said: “Overall it will provide a thoughtful background and context for the annual Holocaust Memorial Day activity which takes place in the Town Hall on Wednesday January 27.”

The main library is due to host a story-telling session for adults about the heroism of some of those affected by the holocaust. At midday the annual public candle lighting ceremony will be presided over by the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Mead, in the Town Hall foyer. The occasion will again feature the reading of the Holocaust Memorial Day pledge. This will be followed by a civic event at 12.30pm in the council chamber.

Councillor Gavin Barwell, Croydon’s cabinet member for safety and cohesion said: “With its thought provoking pictures and artefacts, we believe the event will better help people understand the importance of ensuring the horrific holocaust is never forgotten.”

Croydon Guardian

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