27 January 2016 was Holocaust Memorial Day. The day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Pupils at OSH remembered those who had lost their lives and commemorated Major Frank Foley a former resident of Stourbridge.
Frank Foley was a passport control officer and MI6 agent at the British embassy in Berlin. He helped thousands of Jewish families escape from Germany before the outbreak of war and is known as the ‘Stourbridge Schindler’. On Saturday 30th January OSH pupils attended the unveiling of a memorial tree and plaque to honour Major Frank Foley at Mary Steven’s Park.
The event was organised by Old Foleyan Jack Austin, currently Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust. Attendees included the Mayor of Dudley, Ian Austin – MP for Dudley, Foley’s biographer Michael Smith, and members of Frank Foley’s family. Jack had visited Auschwitz through the annual HET programme when a member of OSH Sixth Form.
Deputy Headmaster Dale Wilkins, pictured with Jack Austin, helped secure funding for the project through Stourbridge Rotary Club.