Duchess Kate reveals she is “honored” to have been invited to participate in a powerful new museum photography exhibition that displays portraits of Holocaust survivors with members of their families.
Two portraits of Holocaust survivors that Kate had taken in 2020 will be part of the project by the Royal Photographic Society and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
The Duchess took the photos of Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank at Kensington Palace to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
At the time Kate said that she was inspired to take them by her childhood reading of The Diary of Anne Frank. She described the survivors in her portraits as “two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet”.
In a social media post, Kate said: “Honoured to be part of the new photography exhibition at @ImperialWarMuseums in London, bringing together over 50 contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families.
“Displayed for the very first time, these powerful photographs capture the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families and remind us of our collective responsibility to ensure their stories live on.
“The photographs 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 full lives they have lived and the special legacy which their children and grandchildren will carry into the future.”
The museum exhibition is in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Kate became the patron of the Royal Photographic Society in 2019.