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Push underway to save UK church mural made by Jewish artist who escaped Nazis

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Conservation activists in Britain are campaigning to save a church mural created by a Jewish artist who escaped from the Nazis that has been damaged by a priest’s dubious decoration.

George Mayer-Marton was commissioned to create “The Crucifixion” mural for the Church of the Holy Rosary in Oldham, a town that is part of Greater Manchester in northern England. It was completed in 1955.

Efforts to preserve the piece were given a boost after Mayer-Marton’s great-nephew Nick Braithwaite was able to determine that paint damage to part of the mural can be removed, restoring it to a complete work, the Save Britain’s Heritage group told The Times of Israel in an email Wednesday.

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The eight-meter-high stone and glass depiction of Jesus is flanked by two frescoes of Mary and St. John. With the church boarded up and and not in use, activists fear it could be demolished or sold. It is one of only two ecclesiastical murals by Mayer-Marton that have survived in their original place.

A 2017 request to have the mural listed........

© The Times of Israel

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