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Holocaust exhibition in Oxford vandalised

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The artist was inspired by visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

An exhibition marking Holocaust Memorial Day in a public park in Oxford has been vandalised.

Oxford artist Nicholas Hedges set up hundreds of 2ft-high metal stands at Shotover Park as part of a display.

Each was marked with a label containing extracts from a diary written by a Polish mayor during the early 1940s.

Mr Hedges said many of the stands have been removed. "It's something you've got to, unfortunately, expect to happen," he added.

The exhibition, called "The Woods, Breathing", is due to continue along the yellow trail of the park until 8 February.

"There are enough stands left to hopefully remain there for at least the duration of the exhibition," Mr Hedges said.

This year's Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

At 1100GMT, Oxford city and Oxfordshire county councillors gathered to reflect on the Holocaust at Oxford Town Hall, before watching a short film about the atrocities.



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