Auschwitz photos

The Haunting Auschwitz Photos Taken By Holocaust Survivor's Grandson

A man whose grandmother survived Auschwitz has made a trip to the camp where she was held as a young girl to celebrate the lives of her...

Auschwitz photos

A man whose grandmother survived Auschwitz has made an emotional trip to the concentration camp where she was held as a young girl to celebrate the lives of her descendants.

Noam Chen visited the WW2 Nazi death camp where his grandmother Miriam Sharir was an inmate.

Miriam was liberated from the camp in 1945, but tragically nine other family members never made it out.

A little more than a decade since Miriam passed away, Noam took framed family pictures to Auschwitz, near Krakow, Poland, and photographed them placed throughout the camp.

"I grew up by her side, always close by," said Noam, a professional photographer.

"During my teenage years, she gradually began to share with us some of her horrific experiences, as well as her incredibly heroic moments in the camp."

"She never wanted me to go there. She didn’t think I had any reason to."

Noam, from Israel, said it was seeing his nieces and nephews growing up that convinced him to make the trip.

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He said: "I couldn’t help but wonder, how will they all remember what happened in the Holocaust? How will they pass it on?

"I realised that I, as a third generation, was the last link between those who experienced the horrors, and the future generation who only hear the stories."

The photos - depicting four generations of Miriam's family - include scenes of Miriam at her wedding, Noam at his Bar-Mitzvah cermony and his cousin lighting candles to mark Hanukkah.

Noam put the pictures in various locations throughout the camp, one showing Miriam with all four generations of her family placed on the train tracks that led more than a million Jews and others through its gates.

It is estimated that 1.1 million people were massacred in Auschwitz.

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Miriam was one of just 7,000 who were left alive when the Soviet army liberated the camp in January 27, 1945, as WW2 reached its end.

Speaking of his visit, Noam said it was a "bitterly cold" and rainy day.

He said: "The frames got wet and repeatedly kept falling, as did I. It was a physical and emotional struggle.

"But I kept thinking that nothing can even begin to compare to the struggle my grandmother went through in that place."

As well as honouring his grandmother, Noam said he decided to publish the photos to help people remember the six million Jews exterminated during the Holocaust who did not live to see their next generations.

He said: "Although it’s very personal, I decided to put out this series of photos so that more people can learn the importance of never forgetting what happened just 73 years ago."

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