Kensington Palace shares behind the scenes pictures of Duchess of Cambridge at work during moving photography project to mark 75th anniversary Holocaust

The photos will form part of an exhibition later this year
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  • The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of two Holocaust survivors to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    • Two Holocaust survivors have been photographed by the Duchess of Cambridge to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
    • The photos were released to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and will go on show in an exhibiton later this year.
    • This royal news follows an old video of Princess Diana telling off Prince Harry resurfacing.

    Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein are pictured alongside grandchildren in photos to mark Holocaust memorial day, which is today – January 27.

    The pictures will be used in an exhibition later this year, which is set to bring together 75 images of survivors and their family members to mark the 75 years since the end of the Holocaust.

    The duchess – who is patron of the Royal Photographic Society – said, “despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives” they were “two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet”.

    She added, “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.”

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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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    Yvonne, an 82-year-old originally from Germany, hid as a child in France for most of the Holocaust.

    She is photographed along with her 11-year-old granddaughter, Chloe Wright.

    Steven was one of a few children to make it out alive from multiple concentration camps. His father was gassed to death for speaking out against the Nazis.

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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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    Kensington Palace also shared black and white behind the scenes images of the Duchess at work.

    The project is a collaboration between the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and the Royal Photographic Society.

    Today, the Duchess of Cambridge will be joined by her husband, Prince William, at the UK Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative ceremony in Westminster.

    Holocaust Memorial Day also acts as a day of remembrance for those lost in the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfu.

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