Cam­paignto hon­our­spy whosave­dus

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

THE HOLO­CAUST Ed­u­ca­tional Trust has started a cam­paign to se­cure a post­hu­mous hon­our for Bri­tish diplo­mat and spy Frank Fo­ley.

Mr Fo­ley was a pass­port of­fi­cer in the Bri­tish con­sulate in Ber­lin’s Tier­garten in the 1930s and has been cred­ited with sav­ing the lives of as many as 10,000 Jews by is­su­ing visas to con­cen­tra­tion camp in­mates and many oth­ers that en­abled them to flee Ger­many.

But while Oskar Schindler’s hu­man­i­tar­ian ex­ploits were made fa­mous by Thomas Ke­neally’s book, Mr Fo­ley’s story re­mained un­told. One rea­son sug­gested was that many of those saved by him fled to Pales­tine and were re­luc­tant to tell their sto­ries for fear of be­ing de­ported.

He has been recog­nised as one of Yad Vashem’s Righ­teous Among the Na­tions but now HET chief ex­ec­u­tive Karen Pol­lock has writ­ten to Cabi­net Of­fice min­is­ter Ed Miliband to change the law that pro­hibits post­hu­mous hon­ours. A pe­ti­tion has also been started on the 10 Down­ing Street web­site for Mr Fo­ley and oth­ers who risked their lives to save Jews dur­ing the Shoah.

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