Photographs of Holocaust survivors and their families by the Duchess of Cambridge and other leading photographers will have a permanent home with the launch of a new website featuring more than 50 such images.
The photos – the result of a project led by Jewish News, Royal Photographic Society and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust – have already gone on display at the Imperial War Museum and UNESCO.
The initiative to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 2020 was designed to remember the victims but also celebrate the resilience of the survivors who went on to build new lives and families in Britain.
But the website, www.generationsportraits.co.uk, will help ensure their stories – and inspiration they engender – live on for decades to come. As well as the two images by the Duchess, the works of another 13 top photographers – all fellows or honorary fellows of the RPS – is also featured in the Generations exhibition.
Olivia Marks-Woldman, CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “We owe it to those who were murdered, and those who survived, and even future generations – to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.
“We’re thrilled that this online gallery will enable so many more people to view some truly amazing images. This project will ensure that the truth about this chapter history of incomprehensible human evil remains shared and accessible to everyone.”
Michael Pritchard, of the RPS, added: “The Generations exhibition struck a chord with the public and presenting it online will ensure an on-going legacy and open up a wider audience for it.”
The project that led to the exhibition kicked off when Jewish News asked the Duchess to combine her passion for photography with her commitment to keep alive the memory of the Shoah by taking photos of some of the last survivors in Britain, for a special issue of the newspaper edited by the children and grandchildren of those who experienced the horrors.
To see the pics, go to generationsportraits.co.uk
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