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Holocaust in focus

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2008-01-06

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is among a host of stars who have donated their spectacles to a new exhibition in Liverpool commemorating the Holocaust.

The actor, whose mother is Jewish, has given his first pair of glasses - worn when he was six years old - to Respectacles, an art exhibit to mark National Holocaust Day on 27 January, based on photographs of mounds of glasses left at Auschwitz by victims of the atrocity.

In a note, Radcliffe wrote: "Please find enclosed my first pair of glasses which I wore at school at six. I wish you every success with the exhibition."

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Paul Clark was delighted at Radcliffe's involvement. "It is a wonderful gesture by Daniel, particularly as he will help us reach the younger generations," he said. "The glasses will form part of a symbolic piece of artwork which will help people to learn how important it is to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust."

Other celebrities donating their spectacles to the exhibit include comedian Stephen Fry, Yoko Ono and Jerry Springer.

"It is an honour to be part of such a symbolic piece of artwork which will help people to learn how important it is to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust and to challenge hatred and prejudice wherever it arises," Ono said. "That is why I am supporting this project and I'm very pleased and very proud that Liverpool is the focal point for National Holocaust Memorial Day."

The glasses will be on display at Liverpool Town Hall from January 21 to 26 and will then be donated to charity Vision Aid Overseas.