Í dag eru 75 ár liðin frá frelsun fanga sem var haldið í Auschwitz-útrýmingarbúðum nasista á tímum seinni heimsstyrjaldarinnar.
Katrín Middleton, hertogaynja af Cambridge, hefur undanfarið unnið að ljósmyndasýningu þar sem hún myndar fólk sem komst lífs af úr helför nasista. Myndirnar afhjúpaði hún í dag, á alþjóðlegum minningardegi fyrir fórnarlömb helfararinnar.
Á myndunum má sjá fólk sem tókst að skapa sér nýtt líf í Englandi eftir að seinni heimsstyrjöldinni lauk.
Tvær myndir Katrínar, sem eru hluti af stærri sýningu sem verður opnuð seinna í ár, voru birtar á Instagram-síðu Kensington hallar.
Á fyrri myndinni má sjá Steven Frank, 84 ára, ásamt barnabörnum sínum, Maggie og Trixie.
Steven var sendur ásamt móður sinni og bræðrum í hollensku Westerbork-búðirnar og svo þaðan í Theresienstadt-fangabúðir nasista í Tékkóslóvakíu. Í texta um myndir Katrínar kemur fram að 15.000 börn hafi verið send í Theresienstadt en aðeins 93 þeirra komust lífs af, þar á meðal var Steven.
Á seinni myndinni er Yvonne Bernstein, 82 ára, með barnabarni sínu, Chloe. Yvonne var á flakki og í felum í Frakklandi í seinni heimsstyrjölsinni ásamt frændfólki sínu.
Myndir Katrínar má sjá hér fyrir neðan.
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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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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