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Duchess Catherine Takes Photos Of Holocaust Survivors In Honour Of The 75th Anniversary Of Auschwitz Liberation

Duchess Catherine takes photos of Holocaust survivors in honour of the 75th Anniversary Of Auschwitz Liberation
January 27, 2020 - 11:10 / Sarah Schulz

Duchess Catherine has gotten behind the camera once again, this time to capture some striking images of two Holocaust survivors and their families. Take a look at the captivating photos here... 

It is well-known that Kate Middleton is passionate about photography. The Duchess has now unveiled her most recent photography project in which she took very moving portraits of two Holocaust survivors and their families in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. 

The stunning portraits feature two Holocaust survivors: Steven Frank with his two granddaughters Maggie and Trixie and Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe.

Duchess Catherine captures portraits of two Holocaust survivors

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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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The Duchess expressed in her caption, "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."

The pictures Kate took will be part of a new exhibition opening later this year by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and The Royal Photographic Society. The exhibition is set to feature 75 images of Holocaust survivors and their families.

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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay, which takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honours survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Earlier this month, The Duchess of Cambridge met two Holocaust survivors, Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, as she took photographs for a project by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. The Duchess's photographs will be included in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their family members, which will open later this year. "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 Duchess of Cambridge Photographs © Kensington Palace

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Kate Middleton: "two of the most life-affirming people"

Duchess Catherine quoted to People, "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."

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January 27th is Holocaust Memorial Day and this year marks the 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz. William and Kate are set to attend the U.K. Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony In Westminster today.