Kate Middleton took up the camera to take a photo shooting survivors of the Holocaust. The Duchess of Cambridge made a series of photos for “sharp” project dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Holocaust (the mass extermination of Nazis representatives of different social and ethnic groups).
Kate Middleton presented his latest photographic project: touching portraits of two Holocaust survivors and their families.
She invited two survivors to Kensington Palace, so she could capture amazing pictures with their grandchildren. The portraits will become part of the new exhibition, which opens later this year, bringing 75 vivid shots of survivors and their families to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. During the Holocaust killed six million Jews.
Kate paid tribute to the “life-affirming” stories of those she met, and says that it is a great honor to help tell their stories to future generations. With this in mind, the 84-year-old Steven Frank was pictured with his granddaughters Maggie and trixie fleet, 15 and 13 years old, and Yvonne Bernstein in the pictures with her granddaughter Chloe Wright, 11 years.
The Duchess said: “the Horrendous atrocities of the Holocaust caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever remain in our hearts. However, thanks to the incredible disasters we have the privilege of knowing the most wonderful people. Despite the incredible trauma early in his life, Yvonne Bernstein and Stephen Frank are two of the most life-affirming of the person with whom I was fortunate to meet.”
She added: “They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were one of the lucky few who survived it. Their stories will stay with me forever. Although I was fortunate to meet with two of the few survivors, I realize that not everything in the future will be able to hear these stories first hand. It is vital that their memories were preserved and transmitted to future generations, that they’ve been through, has never been forgotten.”
Part of Kate in the project — one of several ways in which the Royal family celebrates a birthday. On Monday she and her husband, Prince William will take part in the solemn ceremony devoted to Day of memory of victims of the Holocaust in the UK, in Westminster, while in Israel, Prince Charles gave a speech about how the genocide “defies understanding.”
Kate added in her statement accompanying the photos: “One of the most exciting messages I read in my youth was “the Diary of Anne Frank”, which focuses on personal reflection of life under Nazi occupation from the point of view of the child. Her sensitive and intimate interpretation of the horrors of that time was one of the main ideas underlying the images. I wanted to make the portraits personal to Yvonne and Stephen — the celebration of family and life that they’ve built since then, as they both arrived in the UK in the 1940-ies. The family brought with them items of personal significance that are included in photography”.