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Portraits of Holocaust survivors commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to go on display at The Queen's Gallery, London

Release date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Clara Drummond and Manfred Goldberg © Angel Li and BBC Studios

Seven portraits of Holocaust survivors will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace from Thursday, 27 January, which is commemorated around the world as Holocaust Memorial Day. 

Seven Portraits: Surviving the Holocaust pays tribute to the stories of these remarkable people, each of whom has in recent years been honoured for services to Holocaust awareness and education.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of the National Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, commissioned seven leading artists to paint the portraits as a living memorial to the six million innocent men, women and children who lost their lives in the Holocaust and whose stories will never be told. The profoundly moving portraits, which will become part of the Royal Collection, stand as a powerful testament to the extraordinary resilience and courage of those who survived.

Jenny Saville and Zigi Shipper seated on a park bench

Jenny Saville and Zigi Shipper © Tom Hayward and BBC Studios

The sitters and artists are:

  • Helen Aronson painted by Paul Benney
  • Lily Ebert painted by Ishbel Myerscough
  • Manfred Goldberg painted by Clara Drummond
  • Arek Hersh painted by Massimiliano Pironti
  • Anita Lasker Wallfisch painted by Peter Kuhfeld
  • Rachel Levy painted by Stuart Pearson Wright
  • Zigi Shipper painted by Jenny Saville

Admission to the display is included with a ticket to the current exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Masterpieces from Buckingham Palacebetween 27 January and 13 February 2022. The portraits will then go on display for visitors to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh between 17 March and 6 June 2022.

A 60-minute documentary, Survivors: Portraits of the Holocaustwill air on BBC Two on Thursday, 27 January. Throughout the programme, audiences will follow the creation of the portraits as the artists and survivors meet for their final sittings, with the artists  reflecting on their time getting to know the survivors and how their experiences informed their paintings.