To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 1945, Truro Cathedral will be holding an exhibition, from 9 January to 7 February, of the paintings of Albert Reuss, an Austrian Jewish refugee. Born in Vienna in 1889, he fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, losing family, possessions and his reputation as an artist. He first settled in St Mawes on the invitation of Cornishman and Quaker, John Sturge Stephens, who had helped Reuss and his wife Rosa to escape from Vienna. From 1948 until his death in 1975, the couple lived in Mousehole. Reuss continued to work as an artist in England, but his style changed dramatically, reflecting the trauma he had suffered. This change in his work is evident in the exhibition.
On 27 January 2020 at 17.30, the Cathedral will hold a special service of Evensong to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, followed by an opportunity at 18.15 to view the Albert Reuss exhibition. There will then be a talk at 19:30 in the Cathedral Chapter House by Susan Soyinka, Reuss’s biographer, in conversation with Revd John Halkes, who was a personal friend of the artist. There will be an entry fee of £5 to cover costs, which will include a glass of wine or juice served from 19:00.