An unusual exhibition will open at the Royal Art Gallery at Buckingham Palace: seven contemporary British artists, commissioned by Prince Charles of Wales, painted portraits of seven Holocaust victims who managed to get out of Nazi hell. They are all over ninety. The paintings will hang in the walls of the official London residence of Her Majesty as a warning to posterity, according to the BBC.
“There are fewer and fewer survivors of the Holocaust – this is a sad but inevitable fact. And I hope that the collection will serve as a guiding star in the future,” said Prince Charles, who had previously commissioned portraits of 12 veterans of the Allied landings in Normandy, about the project, also exhibited at Buckingham Palace.
The heroes of the current series were children when they ended up in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos. So, 96-year-old Anita Lasker-Walfisch first played in the orchestra of prisoners in Auschwitz, and then was kept in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp near Hannover. And 94-year-old Helen Aronson, along with her mother and brother, miraculously survived in the Lodz ghetto, where the Nazis drove 250,000 Jews. The prisoners were liberated by the Red Army in January 1945, and Helen was among the 750 people who were released. After World War II, all seven became subjects of Britain, living to a ripe old age.
All the heroes are already over ninety. They managed to survive by going through the hell of the Nazi concentration camps
“The worst thing that can happen to them has fallen to their lot. To survive in concentration camps and death camps, and 77 years later to see their portraits exhibited at Buckingham Palace is worth a lot. This is a clear evidence of their invaluable contribution to our country,” the executive admitted. Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation Karen Pollock. For “royal” portraits, some posed in the garden, others invited artists to their homes. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January, there will also be a film about these people entitled “Survivors: Portraits of the Holocaust” on BBC Two. The opening of the exhibition itself is timed to the same day. In March, she will move to Edinburgh – within the walls of Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarchs in Scotland.
A scandal erupted in Rome over the funeral of far-right party activist Alessia Aughello, 44, who died due to an unsuccessful operation. When, after the funeral, the coffin was taken out of the walls of the church of Santa Lucia (Prati district), the prepared comrades-in-arms suddenly covered it with the banner of the Third Reich with a swastika and accompanied it with a “Roman salute”. Everything happened in front of passers-by, who preferred not to interfere. The police have already identified those who brought the Nazi drapery. The family and priests of the parish hurried to disown the provocation.