The Duchess of Cambridge’s Holocaust Survivors portraits, that she clicked Ahead of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz in January 2020, will go on display from August 06 to January 07, 2022, at the Imperial War Museum alongside the works of 13 photographers in an exhibition titled ‘Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors.’
Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors – which will run for five months and is supported by Dangoor Education – is designed to celebrate the resilience and achievements of survivors who after coming through Nazi horrors built new lives in Britain and had children and grandchildren.
In November 2020, Imperial War Museum unveiled the details of their much-anticipated ‘Shoah exhibit’. The exhibit will be a permanent part of the Museum that will display the portraits of the Holocaust Survivors. Veteran Royal photographer Arthur Edwards, Sian Bonnell, Anna Fox, Joy Gregory, Jane Hilton, Tom Hunter, Karen Knorr, Carolyn Mendelsohn, Simon Robert’s, Michelle Sank and Hannah Starkey are among the names whose portraits will b on display. All the photographers are members or fellows of the Royal Photographic Society, patronage of The Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duchess of Cambridge became part of a very special project to mark the Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2020 and photographed two Holocaust survivors, Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, at Kensington Palace with their grandchildren. About the project and her experience of working with the survivors, The Duchess of Cambridge said,
“The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts. Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet. They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever.”
The exhibition is being organized by the Imperial War Museum, the Royal Photographic Society, Jewish News, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Dangoor Education. The exhibition is the final part of a project conceived by Jewish News to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz last year.
Through a series of individual and family portraits, the moving photographs in this exhibition present a group of survivors who made the UK their home after beginnings marked by unimaginable loss and trauma. While offering a space to remember and share their stories, these portraits are a celebration of the rich lives they have lived and the special legacy which their children and grandchildren will carry into the future.
Tracy Marshall-Grant, the RPS’s curator for the exhibition, said: “The portraits seek to simultaneously inspire audiences to consider their own responsibility to remember and to share the stories of those who endured persecution. It creates a legacy that will allow descendants to connect directly back and inspire future generations.” The tickets can be booked in advance here.