Highbridge commemorates Holocaust Day and remembers spy who risked life to save thousands
A statue of a hero of the Holocaust looked on as a Somerset community commemorated Holocaust Day yesterday.
Major Frank Foley, born in Highbridge in 1884, was an MI6 spy and head of the British Passport Control Office in Germany, who risked his life to save thousands of Jews.
He entered concentration camps and presented visas to camp authorities so that Jews could be freed to travel, hid Jews in his home and used his secret service skills to obtain forged passports and other documents for them.
Major Foley had no recognition in his lifetime but in 1999 was recognised as “Righteous Amongst the Nations” at Yad Vashem in Israel.
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Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service beside the statue in his home town and a wreath was laid by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor councillor Ken Smout and Sedgemoor District Council chairman councillor Gill Slocombe.