‘It feels as though I was reborn’: Sculptor immortalises Redbridge Holocaust survivor

PUBLISHED: 12:10 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 20 March 2018

Sculptor Frances Segelman sculpts Holocaust survivor Ivor Perl. Photo: Sam Churchill

Sculptor Frances Segelman sculpts Holocaust survivor Ivor Perl. Photo: Sam Churchill


A Redbridge Holocaust survivor has been immortalised in clay by a rising star sculptor.

Ivor Perl, of Redbridge United Synagogue, in Woodbridge Road, was sculpted in front of a live audience at the Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre, in Golders Green, on March 18.

Ivor’s likeness was recreated by sculptor Frances Segelman, who has also sculpted the Queen.

“In some ways, it feels as though I was reborn and was recreated by Frances,” Ivor said.

“Many survivors ask the question, why did I survive to live through those terrible times?”

“Being sculpted for posterity is a very healing process.

“In one hundred years’ time, people of the future could see that sculpture, find meaning in it and learn about what happened in the Holocaust.”

Originating from Hungary Ivor was taken with his 11-strong family to Auschwitz aged 12 in 1944.

Liberated from Dachau by American soldiers in April 1945, only Ivor and one of his brothers survived.

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