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‘Guiding light’ Prince Charles to hang ‘poignant’ Holocaust portraits in Buckingham Palace

Helen Aronson, Lily Ebert, Manfred Goldberg, Arek Hersh, Anita Lasker Wallfisch, Rachel Levy and Zigi Shipper will talk about their experiences in the BBC Two programme, Survivors: Portraits of the Holocaust.

It will be broadcast on January 27 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Prince of Wales said that the project was vitally important now with declining numbers of survivors and to inform future generations.

He 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.”

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said the fact that Holocaust survivors were going to have their portraits displayed in Buckingham Palace was a “fitting testament”.

She said: “These Holocaust survivors endured the very worst.

“They were rounded up into ghettos, sent to concentration camps and enslaved as forced labourers.

“To survive the concentration and death camps and 77 years later see their portraits displayed in Buckingham Palace is very special indeed, and a poignant and fitting testament to their lasting contribution to this country. 

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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, 96, played in an Orchestra of inmates in Auschwitz and was later held at Bergen Belsen in Germany.

Zigi Shipper and Manfred Goldberg met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2017 when they returned to the former Stutthof camp in northern Poland for the first time.

The seven portraits will be on display at The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace between January 27 and February 13 and then at The Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh from March 17 to June 6.



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