The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has coordinated with a number of contemporary photographers to create an exhibition displaying more than 50 photographs of Holocaust survivors and their families today.
Scheduled to open from January 27, the date chosen as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and available for viewing until March 22, 2022, Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors The exhibition presents new images from a group of contemporary photographers with the aim of highlighting the special bonds between the survivors and the younger generations of their families.
“The systematic persecution of Europe’s Jews by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 resulted in the genocide of six million people. For those who survived, her memory and impact were life-changing,” RPS wrote.
Through a series of personal and family portraits, the moving images in this gallery present a group of survivors who made the UK their home after beginnings marked by unimaginable loss and trauma. While providing a space to remember and share their stories, these images are a celebration of the rich lives they lived and the special legacy. that their children and grandchildren will carry in the future.”
RPS says most of the photos in the exhibition were taken in the spring of 2021 and were taken by a long list of photographers including Frederic Aranda, Gillian Edelstein, Sian Bonnell, Arthur Edwards, Anna Fox, Joey Gregory, Jane Hilton, Tom Hunter, Karen Knorr, Caroline Mendelson, Simon Roberts and Michelle Sank. Additionally, it includes portraits of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, patroness of RPS.
The images shown feature a group of individuals. One photo, for example, shows Freddy Noller who is photographed on his 100th birthday with his wife Frida, daughters Susie and Marcia, and grandson Nadav.
RPS states that he was born on April 17, 1921, forced to leave his home in Vienna, Austria, and lived as a Jewish refugee in Belgium and France. In 1943, he joined the French Resistance and after his arrest, escaped imprisonment in the camps of Auschwitz, Dora-Nordhausen, and Bergen-Belsen. During the death march from Auschwitz, Freddy took the uniform of a dead French political prisoner to conceal his Jewish identity, and replaced his “yellow star” badge with that of the “red triangle”. The recognition that he was a political prisoner – not a Jew – helped him to survive at Dora-Nordhausen. He moved to London in the 1950s and raised a family through which he would live his story.
Other photos show survivors holding important mementos, such as passports and in one case, a teddy bear.
Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, took two photos of survivors Stephen Frank and Yvonne Bernstein.
This exhibition honors those who fled the Holocaust and celebrates the full lives they have lived in the UK since their arrival. Tracey Marshall Grant, Project Curator for the Royal Photographic Society, says each photograph shows the special relationship between the survivor and subsequent generations of his family, and underscores their important legacy.
The photographs, by leading contemporary British photographers, seek to simultaneously inspire audiences to consider their own responsibility to remember and share the stories of those who experienced persecution. It creates a legacy that will allow these descendants to connect directly to return and inspire future generations.”
Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors It opens January 27 at the RPS Show in Bristol.
Image credits: Banner photo title: Ben Helfgott MBE with his grandson Sam. After the war, Ben became a champion in weightlifting. Photography by Frederic Aranda. All other images are added individually, provided by the Royal Photographic Society.