Statues for the Holocaust Survivors' Centre

07 Apr 2016

Members of the Holocaust Survivors' Centre were honoured to receive two original and unique statues from a former Hendon resident, Simon Wheat.

Simon Wheat presenting a statue by Nina Grey to The Holocaust Survivors' CentreMr Wheat, who worked as a librarian at Willesden Green came into possession of the statues after the passing of his mother, Nancy, who was a neighbour and friend of a sculptor called Nina Grey.

During his presentation of the statues to the centre, Mr Wheat gave a short biography on Nina Grey and spoke about how Nina had sculpted the two statues as a gift for his mother. 

Born as Janina Gruenberg in Lviv, Poland, Nina Grey was a Jewish refugee from the Second World War. Exhibitions of her work include the 1962 Sculpture by Nina Grey at Foyles Art Gallery, Charing Cross Road and one at the Ben Uri Gallery in Berners Street.

One of her best known statues is the Flame of Remembrance which was donated to Yad Vashem in Israel, as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Francine Liebert, Activities Organiser at The Holocaust Survivors’ Centre said: “The members were delighted to receive such a wonderful piece of art and we want to thank Mr Wheat for making such a wonderful donation and presentation."

Mr Wheat said: "My mother had always felt that she was only a caretaker for the statues as she believed they belonged in their rightful place in a Jewish environment. The Holocaust Survivors' Centre is a fitting home for these statues."

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