Frank Bender

Sculptor Frank Bender, one of the three founding members of the Vidocq Society, was asked to produce a unique piece entitled "Liberation Memorial." It was commissioned by Holocaust survivors in Nebraska, who provided it as a gift to corrections officers in Canada, as a reminder of the dangers of abuse of power. Gary Hill of the International Corrections and Prisons Association for the Advancement of Professional Corrections was instrumental in making the project happen.

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Bender is best known to Vidocq members for his work in forensic reconstruction. This project combines his skills as a sculptor with his commitment to improving the field of criminal justice.

An article in the Kingston Whig-Standard details the dedication that took place in early September. It includes a remembrance by one of the Nebraska donors about the horrors visited upon his family during the Holocaust. You can visit the newspaper's site by clicking here, then you can enter Frank Bender's name in the search engine to be directed to the story.

The scupture is a 1/2 meters high, and it depicts the liberation of Holocaust survivors. Correctional college commissioner Ole Ingstrup told the 23 graduates at the dedication ceremony that they would face "the daily challenges of working in a prison environment" and warned that "it's easy to become insensitive in the kind of environment we work in." He hoped that Bender's scupture would be a vivid reminder of the importance of maintaining their humanity.

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