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Kate Middleton reveals new photos from Holocaust survivors exhibition

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Kate Middleton reveals new photos from Holocaust survivors exhibition

Kate Middleton reveals new photos from Holocaust survivors exhibition

The Duchess of Cambridge has unveiled two photos from an upcoming project honouring the lives of Holocaust survivors.

The photos, released on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, showcase two survivors – Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank – and their grandchildren.

The photos are part of a 75-picture exhibition, in collaboration with The Jewish News, the Royal Photographic Society, and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

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As part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of two Holocaust survivors with their grandchildren. The first photograph features Steven Frank with his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie. Alongside his mother and brothers, Steven was sent to Westerbork transit camp then to Theresienstadt. Steven and his brothers were 3 of only 93 children who survived the camp – 15,000 children were sent there. The Duchess also photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe. Yvonne was a hidden child in France, travelling in the care of her aunt and uncle and frequently changing homes and names. The Duchess said: “I wanted to make the portraits deeply personal to Yvonne and Steven – a celebration of family and the life that they have built since they both arrived in Britain in the 1940s. The families brought items of personal significance with them which are included in the photographs. It was a true honour to have been asked to participate in this project and I hope in some way Yvonne and Steven’s memories will be kept alive as they pass the baton to the next generation.” The portraits will form part of a new exhibition opening later this year by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety , which will feature 75 images of survivors and their family members. The exhibition will honour the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the full lives that survivors have built in the UK, whilst inspiring people to consider their own responsibility to remember and share the stories of those who endured Nazi persecution. Portraits ©The Duchess of Cambridge

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On photographing the survivors, Kate told The Jewish News they were “the most life-affirming people I ever met.”

Kate said she was inspired by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, having photographed the survivors with personal items. “I wanted to make the portraits deeply to Yvonne and Steven – a celebration of family and the life that they have built since they both arrived in Britain in the 1940s,” she said.

The exhibition will open later this year.

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