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29 July 2021 Jewish News


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Exhibition / Weekend

Sir Ben Helfgott with his grandson Sam. Ben was a champion weightlifter after he arrived in the UK Uri Winterstein wears the yellow star his father was forced to wear during the Second World War

Steven Frank, aged 84, with his granddaughters Maggie and Trixie. Steven survived multiple concentration camps as a child

20-minute intervals, so he had to keep reconfiguring the lighting and background over a two-hour period. A graphic artist then pieced together the individual photographs Arthur took and also included a contributed photo from one of Zigi’s granddaughters who lives in Spain. “I was so pleased with how it turned out,” reflects Arthur. “I got a huge print, framed it and presented it to Zigi, along with around 100 pictures for the family as a keepsake. It was a joyful job to do, a real labour of love.”  Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors runs from 6 August to 7 January, 2022 at the Imperial War Museum London,

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John Hajdu with the teddy bear that journeyed out of Hungary with him as a refugee to the UK

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experiences during the Second World War. Born in 1930, Zigi was 12 when he was forced to move into Lodz Ghetto and 14 when he was put onto a cattle truck to AuschwitzBirkenau, before being transported weeks later to Stutthof concentration camp near Danzig. In the final months of the war, Zigi was sent on a death march, arriving in Neustadt, Germany, before finally being liberated by British troops on 3 May 1945. Two years later, he arrived in the UK, where he married Jeannette and raised a family. The couple were married for 66 years until Jeannette’s death last July. “Taking the photograph of Zigi really made me think about the Holocaust,” says Arthur, who accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their trip to Stutthof in 2017. “To be aged 14 and going on a death march – can you imagine? Surviving just that alone would have been enough.” Zigi wanted not only his survival, but also his love for life as the main focus of the image, prompting Arthur, 80, to ask the family to wear colourful clothes. “I wanted that summer feeling in the picture,” he explains. “He’s a happy, joyful man, smiling all the time. A man who had a terrible, terrible childhood, but has a wonderful life in England and a family who loves him.” Bringing the whole family together presented issues for Arthur: Covid restrictions meant each family had to arrive at

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