Portraits of Seven Remaining UK Holocaust Survivors Unveiled

Portraits of the seven last remaining Holocaust survivors of the United Kingdom have gone on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace in London on Jan. 27 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Prince Charles, the patron of the National Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, commissioned the seven portraits “to pay tribute to the stories of seven remarkable Holocaust survivors, each of whom has in recent years been honored for services to Holocaust awareness and education,” according to the Royal Collection Trust.

“However, these portraits represent something far greater than seven remarkable individuals. They stand as a living memorial to the six million innocent men, women, and children whose stories will never be told, whose portraits will never be painted,” Charles wrote in the foreword for a catalogue accompanying the exhibition.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall met the seven survivors and the seven artists who painted them at the ceremony of the exhibition.

The survivors were Lily Ebert, Helen Aronson, Manfred Goldberg, Arek Hersh, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Rachel Levy, and Zigi Shipper.

Ebert, 98, showed the prince her Nazi concentration camp tattoo and the gold pendant she hid from the Nazi guards.

“Meeting you, it is for everyone who lost their lives,” Ebert told the prince.

“But it is a greater privilege for me,” Charles replied.

The day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp — the largest Nazi death camp — in 1945.

The day also marks the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.


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