Powerful portraits to celebrate survivors of the Nazi Holocaust

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Generations: Portraits Of Holocaust Survivors brings together more than 60 contemporary portraits, to mark this Friday’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Photos of the survivors, sometime pictured with their families – first exhibited in London in 2021 – are at the Imperial War Museum North and shine a light on the full lives they have lived and our collective responsibility to cherish their stories.

New photographs were taken by Simon Hill, president of the Royal Photographic Society, of survivors in the North West of England.

They include Werner Lachs, 96, and his wife Ruth, 86, who visited the exhibition yesterday.

Both lost extended family to the Holocaust but Werner’s family escaped Germany thanks to an undercover MI6 agent.

Ruth was hidden by sympathisers but her younger brother was murdered in Auschwitz.

Ruth and Werner were married in 1962 and have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Werner worked in clothing manufacturing for 50 years and Ruth for the NHS.

In 2019 Ruth, from Prestwich, Manchester, received a BEM for Services to Holocaust Education.

Holocaust survivor Anne Super also visited the museum and met Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.

  • The exhibition opens on Friday. It is free and runs until the summer.

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