The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of the National Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, has commissioned seven leading artists to paint seven of the last survivors of the Holocaust, for display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
All seven survivors were children in Holocaust camps and are now into their 90s, living in Britain.
The profoundly moving portraits, which will become part of the Royal Collection, stand as a powerful testament to the extraordinary resilience and courage of those who survived.
His Royal Highness said:
As the number of Holocaust survivors sadly, but inevitably, declines, my abiding hope is that this special collection will act as a further guiding light for our society, reminding us not only of history’s darkest days, but of humanity’s interconnectedness as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations as yet unborn; one where hope is victorious over despair and love triumphs over hate.
Additionally, 'Survivors: Portraits of the Holocaust', a 60-minute documentary, will follow the project, sharing the remarkable stories of Helen, Lily, Manfred, Arek, Anita, Rachel and Zigi, who witnessed one of the greatest atrocities in human history, and following the artists tasked with creating portraits that represent their pain and loss, as well as their dignity, light and hope.
The documentary will air on BBC Two on Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January 2022.