The art of the Duchess of Cambridge is featured in a photography exhibition commemorating Holocaust survivors.
Ivor Wieder was a cold, hungry, and terrified 12-year-old boy when he arrived at Auschwitz in the spring of 1944 after a terrifying five-day train journey in an airless carriage. He grew up in a loving, close-knit community in the northern Romanian village of Barsana, which Hitler gave over to Hungary in August 1940 to settle a territorial dispute.
As a result of the so-called Second Vienna Award, the region’s new Hungarian rulers soon enacted legislation allowing the Nazis to pick up Jews like Ivor, his brother Leo, their parents, and three sisters. Even at the age of 90, Ivor finds it difficult to speak about the events that followed, and this is the first time he has felt strong enough to publicly revisit the images of terror that occurred as the family landed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
But he is determined to tell his experience in order to help publicize a remarkable photographic exhibition of more than 50 Holocaust survivors, which opens tomorrow at the Imperial War Museum in London and includes photographs taken by the Duchess of Cambridge.
He was pictured with his grandchildren Nadav, Daniella, and Adiel for the Generations exhibition as a symbol of hope for future generations.
Another touching photograph shows Leo holding the British ID card he was given when he arrived at RAF Stoney Cross in Hampshire.
Belsen is listed as his last known address.
When he arrived in Auschwitz, he recalls, “there were hundreds and thousands of people there, it was bigger than any football crowd.”
“They constructed rows and divided women, children, young men, and old men. The guards, armed with Alsatian dogs and sticks, continued to yell.
“Those who went right went to work, while those who went left had no choice but to exit through the chimney.”
Elka, Ivor’s mother, and the baby she was carrying in her arms, Reitzeleh, suffered the same fate. Ivor’s two other sisters, Sari and Freda, would miraculously survive the conflict. Ivor, his father Solomon, and his 14-year-old brother Leo were chosen for employment.
He explains, rolling up his sleeve to reveal the faded tattoo, “We were taken off to be given numbers on our arms.”
“I had the number A3388, my father had the number A3389, and my brother had the number A3390, all of which were consecutive numbers. Within the. ”Brinkwire Summary News,” as it is known.