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'We need to tell your stories': Kate reunited with Holocaust survivors she photographed

The Duchess of Cambridge embraced the two survivors she photographed last year to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been reunited with two Holocaust survivors she photographed last year.

After opening two new galleries charting the story of the Holocaust and the Second World War at the Imperial War Museum in London, Kate met with Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, who she had photographed in 2020 as part of a project marking 75 years since the end of the Holocaust.

Both of the survivors both posed with their grandchildren for the Duchess.

Receiving a hug from Mr Frank one year on, Kate thanked him for "trusting" her to take his photo.

"We need to tell your stories," said Kate.

"That is what is so powerful about this project, the generational nature of it and the handover of stories."

Kate with Holocaust survivor Steven Frank.

Kate then embraced Mrs Bernstein who asked the Duchess if she got a chance to see much of her children as a young, working mother, to which she replied: "All the time.

"They're my priority."

The Duchess also spoke with another survivor who had his picture taken by another photographer for the project.

John Hajdu MBE told her how his childhood teddy bear that was also featured in the portrait had been with him since the onslaught of the Nazis, through his stay in the Budapest ghetto and later under Soviet occupation.

The Duchess also viewed the museum's Second World War Galleries, which display more than 1,500 items from 80 countries to bring to life how the conflict impacted many millions of people and toured the new Holocaust Galleries.

Karen Pollock CBE, chief executive of Holocaust Educational Trust, said: "The new Holocaust galleries at the Imperial War Museum play a leading role in this country, teaching future generations about the horrors of Europe's past.

"The Duchess of Cambridge's presence demonstrates yet again the importance of educating about the Holocaust and her clear personal dedication to our cause.

"We could not be more grateful."