Kate Middleton Educates Her Children on Holocaust After Taking Portraits of Survivors

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Kate Middleton is using her skills for good. 

The 38-year-old Duchess of Cambridge released two stunning portraits of Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren over the weekend. 

The beautifully lit images were taken in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, also known as Holocaust Memorial Day. 

Kate has long been her family's photographer, whose images of her children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, have been publicly released in the past. She also studied art history during her time at St. Andrews University and has always had a love of the arts. 

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As part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of two Holocaust survivors with their grandchildren. The first photograph features Steven Frank with his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie. Alongside his mother and brothers, Steven was sent to Westerbork transit camp then to Theresienstadt. Steven and his brothers were 3 of only 93 children who survived the camp - 15,000 children were sent there. The Duchess also photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe. Yvonne was a hidden child in France, travelling in the care of her aunt and uncle and frequently changing homes and names. The Duchess said: “I wanted to make the portraits deeply personal to Yvonne and Steven – a celebration of family and the life that they have built since they both arrived in Britain in the 1940s. The families brought items of personal significance with them which are included in the photographs. It was a true honour to have been asked to participate in this project and I hope in some way Yvonne and Steven’s memories will be kept alive as they pass the baton to the next generation.” The portraits will form part of a new exhibition opening later this year by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety , which will feature 75 images of survivors and their family members. The exhibition will honour the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the full lives that survivors have built in the UK, whilst inspiring people to consider their own responsibility to remember and share the stories of those who endured Nazi persecution. Portraits ©The Duchess of Cambridge

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On Monday, Kate and her husband, Prince William, attended the U.K. Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony in London, where Prince William gave a reading, and the couple met with Holocaust survivors as well as survivors of more recent genocides. 

Kate opened up to one survivor, Mala Tribich, who survived the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp, saying she has spoken with her children about the Holocaust. 

"We were talking to the children about it earlier today," Kate was overheard saying by royal reporters

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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay, which takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honours survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Earlier this month, The Duchess of Cambridge met two Holocaust survivors, Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, as she took photographs for a project by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. The Duchess’s photographs will be included in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their family members, which will open later this year. “The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts. Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet. They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever.” – The Duchess of Cambridge Photographs © Kensington Palace

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The ceremony takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and honors survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 

It is run by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, of which Prince Charles is a royal patron.

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