An unusual exhibition will open at the Royal Art Gallery of Buckingham Palace: seven contemporary British artists commissioned by Prince Charles of Wales painted portraits of seven Holocaust victims who managed to escape Nazi hell. All of them are over ninety. The paintings will hang within the walls of Her Majesty’s official London residence for the edification of posterity, according to the BBC.
“The number of survivors of the Holocaust is decreasing – 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. also exhibited at Buckingham Palace.
The heroes of this episode were children when they ended up in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos. So, 96-year-old Anita Lasker-Walvis first played in the orchestra of prisoners in Auschwitz, and then was held in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp near Hanover. And 94-year-old Helen Aronson, together with her mother and brother, miraculously survived in the Lodz ghetto, where the Nazis drove 250 thousand Jews. The prisoners were freed in January 1945 by the Red Army, and Helen was among 750 people who were released. After World War II, all seven became British citizens, living to old age.
All the heroes are already over ninety. They managed to survive going through the hell of Nazi concentration camps
“The worst thing that can happen to them fell 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 vivid evidence of their invaluable contribution to our country,” the executive admitted Karen Pollock, director of the Holocaust Education Foundation. For “royal” portraits, some posed in the garden, others invited the artists to their homes. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January, a film titled “Survivors: Portraits of the Holocaust” will also be released on BBC Two. The opening of the exhibition itself is timed to coincide with the same day. In March, she will move to Edinburgh – within the walls of Holyrood Palace, the official residence of British monarchs in Scotland.
In Rome, a scandal erupted over the funeral of a far-right party activist, 44-year-old Alessia Augello, who died due to an unsuccessful operation. When, after the funeral service, the coffin was taken out of the walls of the Church of Santa Lucia (Prati district), the prepared companions 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 chose not to interfere. The police have already identified those who brought the Nazi drapery. The family and priests of the parish hastened to disown the provocation.