BBC Arts today announces Survivors: Portraits Of The Holocaust, a 60-minute BBC Two documentary for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2022. Survivors: Portraits Of The Holocaust follows a remarkable project spearheaded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of the National Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, as he commissions seven leading artists to paint seven of the last survivors of the Holocaust, for display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
The sitters and artists are:
Helen Aronson painted by Paul Benney
Lily Ebert painted by Ishbel Myerscough
Manfred Goldberg painted by Clara Drummond
Arek Hersh painted by Massimiliano Pironti
Anita Lasker Wallfisch painted by Peter Kuhfeld
Rachel Levy painted by Stuart Pearson Wright
Zigi Shipper painted by Jenny Saville
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, says: “As the number of Holocaust survivors sadly, but inevitably, declines, my abiding hope is that this special collection will act as a further guiding light for our society, reminding us not only of history’s darkest days, but of humanity’s interconnectedness as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations as yet unborn; one where hope is victorious over despair and love triumphs over hate.”
Throughout the programme, audiences will hear the testimonies of the remarkable men and women who witnessed one of the greatest atrocities in human history, and will meet the artists tasked with creating portraits that represent their pain and loss, as well as their dignity, light and hope. All seven survivors were children in the camps and are now into their 90s and have made their lives in Britain. The portraits will stand as a lasting reminder of horrors which will one day be lost to living memory.
Audiences follow the creation of the artworks as the artists and survivors get together for their final sittings, with the artists reflecting on their time getting to know the survivors and how their experiences informed their paintings.
The documentary will also be broadcast on BBC World News over two episodes on the 12 and 19 February 2022.
Saturday 12 February 12:30
Sunday 13 February, 07:30, 19:30, (23:30 Only in Latin and North America)
Mon 14 February (01:30 Only in Latin and North America)
Saturday 19 February 12:30
Sunday 20 February 00:30, 07:30, 19:30, (23:30 Only in Latin and North America)
Monday 21 February (01:30 Only in Latin and North America)
Survivors: Portraits Of The Holocaust is a BBC Studios production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producer is Tanya Hudson and it was directed and produced by Suniti Somaiya and was commissioned by Mark Bell for BBC Two and BBC Arts.
The seven portraits will become part of the Royal Collection and can be seen in the special display Seven Portraits: Surviving The Holocaust at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace between 27 January and 13 February 2022. The portraits will then go on display in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh between 17 March and 6 June 2022. More information can be found here.
Throughout January 2022, the BBC is broadcasting a range of previously shown programmes on BBC Four to mark Holocaust Memorial month. The programmes, which are also available on BBC iPlayer, include The Windermere Children, The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words, The Last Survivors, The Diary of Anne Frank, My Family, the Holocaust & Me with Robert Rinder, The Man Who Saw Too Much, and new Storyville: Final Account (w/t).
In addition, on 23 January, the BBC Symphony Orchestra explores art created in unimaginable conditions with a Total Immersion day presenting music of the ghettos and camps of Nazi-occupied Europe. The day includes Simon Broughton introducing his 1993 film The Music of Terezín, a concert titled Songs of Comfort with the BBC Singers and baritone Simon Wallfisch, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing music composed in Theresienstadt by Pavel Haas and Erwin Schulhoff, alongside Hans Krása‘s Symphony No. 5, and Victor Ullmann and Peter Kein’s satirical opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Musicians from the Guildhall School present chamber works from Theresienstadt as well as Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.