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Artwork marks Anne Frank display
Edith Birkin with her picture
Edith Birkin is a Nazi concentration camp survivor
A piece of artwork by a Hereford woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp has been bought to mark the arrival of a renowned historical exhibition to the city.

Edith Birkin's painting is being shown with some of her other work at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery as one of the fringe events for the Anne Frank exhibition at Hereford Cathedral.

The display tells the story of the 13-year-old Dutch-Jewish diarist who hid in an attic in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis during World War II, but died in a concentration camp after she was betrayed.

Mrs Birkin, who was born in Prague in 1927, survived being sent to two Nazi death camps - her art reflects her experiences and memories of the war.

Historical significance

She has also written a book about her experiences, Unshed Tears, which was written shortly after the war but only published last year.

Mrs Birkin, whose parents died in a Jewish ghetto, came to England in 1946, moving to Hereford in 1980.

Councillor Roger Phillips, the leader of Herefordshire Council, which bought the painting, said: "I am delighted that Herefordshire Council has acquired a piece of Edith's work.

"It marks a very significant part of history and celebrates the visit of the Anne Frank Exhibition to Hereford."

He added:" The fact that she is a local artist makes the acquisition all the more relevant for Herefordshire."

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