RPS Project marks the 75th Anniversary of
the End of the Holocaust

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This portrait of John Hadju MBE and his teddy bear, 'Teddy', who came out of Hungary journeying with him as a refugee to the UK. He is a survivor of the ghetto and the Holocaust in Hungary during WW II. This image will be included in The Lonka Project; an international collaboration of thirty professional photographers of all faiths who, since 2019, have each volunteered to donate one photograph of a survivor of the Holocaust in order to share their stories.

Manfred Goldberg, below, surrounded by his family today.

Holocaust survivors, alongside their children and grandchildren, were featured in new photographs which were released to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January. The project, a collaboration between the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News, and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) will be part of a new exhibition that will open in August at the Imperial War Museum, bringing together 75 images of survivors and their family members to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. The photographers, all from the RPS, including the RPS’s Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.

Jillian Edelstein HonFRPS commented: ‘How do you survive having your humanity stripped away in a ghetto, a concentration camp, witness the murder of your family members, be reduced to an inked number in your skin, and still remain a creature of curiosity, generosity, kindness, humour, wit, intelligence, and dignity. It almost beggars belief - but that is what I saw, and I hope managed to capture, in the eyes, the being and the spirit of my extraordinary sitters. A palpable hunger for the life that was almost stolen away from them.’

Read more about the project here.

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