fbpx
Friday, September 18, 2020

Duchess of Cambridge Unveils Photo Exhibit of Survivors’ Families on Holocaust Remembrance Day

https://jewishjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/jj_avatar.jpg
Erin Ben-Moche
Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge unveiled a photo collection of four Holocaust survivors and their families. 

Known as Kate Middleton before her marriage to Prince William, the amateur photographer is Royal Photographic Society Patron and worked in partnership with Britain’s Jewish News and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) in what will be part of a new exhibition opening later this year commemorating 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. 

In addition to the duchess, RPS Honorary Fellow Jillian Edelstein and RPS member Frederic Aranda also worked on the collection, which will include 75 photos in total. Other images featured in the exhibition will be taken by fellows of the RPS.

Photographed by Aranda, Joan Salter, 79, fled the Nazis as a young child. She is photographed with her husband, Martin, and her daughter Shelley. John Hajdu, 82, photographed by Edelstein, survived the Budapest Ghetto and was photographed with his 4-year-old grandson Zac.

Holocaust Survivor Joan Salter; Photo by Frederic Aranda.

The duchess photographed Steven Frank, 84, and Yvonne Bernstein. Originally from Amsterdam, Frank survived multiple concentration camps as a child and was pictured alongside his granddaughters Maggie and Trixie Fleet, ages 15 and 13, respectively. Bernstein, originally from Germany, was a hidden child in France throughout most of the Holocaust. She is pictured with her 11-year-old granddaughter Chloe Wright.

“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,” the duchess said. 

“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. Whilst I have been lucky enough to meet two of the now very few survivors, I recognize not everyone in the future will be able to hear these stories firsthand. It is vital that their memories are preserved and passed on to future generations, so that what they went through will never be forgotten.”

Holocaust Survivor Yvonne Bernstein; Photo by The Duchess of Cambridge.

Speaking about the project, Frank said in a statement that although he hopes people enjoy the beauty of the photography, “they will also think of the people behind the photos and their families that they lost in the Holocaust.”

“I think it helped put into perspective that he’s just our Opa — he’s our grandpa as well as a Holocaust survivor,” Frank’s granddaughter Maggie said. “It’s important to tell the story so it doesn’t happen again.”

Alan Hodgson, president of the Royal Photographic Society, also commented on the importance of educating future generations on the Holocaust.

“These portraits provide a direct connection to those who were witnesses to the horrors perpetrated by the Nazi regime and, crucially, bring in their children and grandchildren who will be so important in ensuring that their stories and experiences remain relevant and real to contemporary society, Hodgson said.

Holocaust Survivor John Hajdu; Photo by Jillian Edelstein.

Jewish News Editor and Co-Publisher Justin Cohen, said, “Each of these striking photographs remind us of the strength of so many survivors in building new lives and families after coming face to face with evil, but also of the millions who were murdered and the many more millions of children and grandchildren who were never even born.”

He added: “With fewer and fewer survivors with us to relay their experiences, the work of the duchess and the other photographers will help ensure the truth is never forgotten, and its lessons for fighting hate today are brought to the fore.”

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Latest Articles

Three Generations, One Timeless Mission 

Refael writes about three generations of IDF soldiers from 1948 to 2018.

5781 is the Jewish Response to 2020

The Jews have learned through the millennia that to keep the flame of hope alive during dark times, resilience is not a choice but an imperative.

Fearing My Trauma Made Me a Fraud

I need help. Recently, while watching television with my 12-year-old son, Hillel, I gasped when one character slit another’s throat. My body seized in...

Obituaries: Sept. 18, 2020

Lilla Aftergood died Sept. 3 at 95. Survived by daughter Annette (Mel) Gottlieb; sons Steven (Kimberly), David (Sara); 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai Rachel Barzilai died...

2 U.S. Senators Warn Poland’s President on Anti-Semitism and Restitution

“We are alarmed by growing anti-Semitic discourse in Poland and scapegoating of the Jewish community."

The Bidens Tell Jewish Supporters the New Jewish Year Will Be Happier With Trump Out

“What kind of country do we wish to be? Both of our faiths, yours and mine, instruct us not to ignore what’s around us.”

The Ark — In Person

There is such joy in seeing a member of your community in person: having them articulate what has been painful and distressing about this era.

Five Nations in Talks to Normalize Ties With Israel Soon, PA Minister Says

He said the five countries were Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritania, Oman and Sudan.

I’m Jealous of the Abraham Accords

Is it normal to be jealous of the UAE? Yes, if you’re an Iranian Jew.

Novel’s Russian Jews Find Rough Going in Israel

The setting of “Jerusalem as a Second Language,” a new novel by Rochelle Distelheim (Aubade Publishing), harks back to a remarkable moment in history.

Culture

Novel’s Russian Jews Find Rough Going in Israel

The setting of “Jerusalem as a Second Language,” a new novel by Rochelle Distelheim (Aubade Publishing), harks back to a remarkable moment in history.

Personalizing Home Ritual With ‘HighHolidaysAtHome’

The team has developed guides and webinars. They're providing steps to invoke various aspects of the holidays as well as family memories. 

Apples of Hope for Rosh Hashanah

As a new year begins, we remember the hard times of recent months but also look forward to the future with a promise of new beginnings.

Mothers and Daughters, Honey and Joy

We hope you try it with the future cooks and bakers in your lives. And we wish you a new year as sweet as Honey Joys. 

Laugh Factory Holding Live Stream High Holy Days Services

For the past 36 years, The Laugh Factory comedy club in Hollywood has opened its doors for free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

Latest Articles
Latest

Three Generations, One Timeless Mission 

Refael writes about three generations of IDF soldiers from 1948 to 2018.

5781 is the Jewish Response to 2020

The Jews have learned through the millennia that to keep the flame of hope alive during dark times, resilience is not a choice but an imperative.

Fearing My Trauma Made Me a Fraud

I need help. Recently, while watching television with my 12-year-old son, Hillel, I gasped when one character slit another’s throat. My body seized in...

Obituaries: Sept. 18, 2020

Lilla Aftergood died Sept. 3 at 95. Survived by daughter Annette (Mel) Gottlieb; sons Steven (Kimberly), David (Sara); 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai Rachel Barzilai died...

2 U.S. Senators Warn Poland’s President on Anti-Semitism and Restitution

“We are alarmed by growing anti-Semitic discourse in Poland and scapegoating of the Jewish community."

Hollywood

‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel Starring Jennifer Grey Announced

It’s official: A “Dirty Dancing” sequel is coming, and it’s starring Jewish actress Jennifer Grey, who played Frances “Baby” Houseman in the 1987 original.

Roy Moore’s Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen Over Being Pranked Can Proceed, Judge Rules

By the time the episode aired, it was widely known that Cohen was punking public figures.

Podcasts

Rachel Azaria: A Guide to Social Change in Israel

Shmuel Rosner and Rachel Azaria discuss her latest book (out in Hebrew now), on creating a meaningful social change and the key to a...

Pandemic Times Episode 87: Shmuel Rosner on the Big Day at the White House

New David Suissa Podcast Every Monday and Friday. The implications of today's peace signings between Israel and two more Arab countries. How do we manage our...

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

x