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Holocaust memorial artwork created in Belfast

Artist David Esler with the stained glass window created to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Picture by Declan Roughan

A VICTIMS group from north Belfast has helped to create artwork to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

An intricate stained glass window has been produced to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27.

The Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) was commissioned to create the artwork which honours Irene Sendler, a Polish Catholic nurse who helped 2,500 children escape from the Warsaw ghetto by providing them with false identity documents and shelter.

As part of a UK-wide commemoration initiative marking Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, ICR was one of 12 groups chosen to create artwork to mark the anniversary.

The organisation worked with victims and survivors from across Northern Ireland and artist David Esler to create the stained glass window.

All 12 artworks are being displayed in an exhibition at the Guildhall in London for Holocaust Memorial Day and will also be on show on the big screens at City Hall in Belfast.

Denise Hughes from the ICR said: "Victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland understand the relevance of Holocaust Memorial Day.

"We are honoured to have been chosen to be part of this nationwide commemoration.

"It is vital that we remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past and honour those who survived and those who showed great bravery in the face of adversity."

Olivia Marks-Woldman from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said: "I want to thank and congratulate all the victims and survivors from the Institute for Conflict Research for their hard work in creating this artwork, which is a fitting tribute to Irene Sendler, helping to remind us all of our responsibilities not to stand by to hatred and persecution.

"I urge everyone to come together this Holocaust Memorial Day to honour humanity's heroes and remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust and genocide."

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