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Merkel to launch portrait exhibition showing Holocaust survivors



Seventy-five portraits of Holocaust survivors taken by renowned photographer Martin Schoeller are to go on display in the German city of Essen, with Chancellor Angela Merkel due to launch the exhibition on Tuesday. The event, titled “Survivors: Faces of Life after the Holocaust,” features close-up shots by the German-born, New York-based artist, who in the past has photographed Merkel herself, as well as former U.S. president Barack Obama and a raft of celebrities. It is taking place at the Zollverein, a former industrial site in the western German city of Essen. The inspiration for the project is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by the Soviet Red Army. The Nazis and their collaborators murdered around 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. One of the people featured in the portraits, Naftali Furst, was flown in by the German government plane from Tel Aviv on Tuesday to attend the official opening of the exhibit. The project, initiated by the German Friends of Yad Vashem, comprises the photo exhibition with an accompanying film and an English-language book containing the 75 portraits. A global tour of the show is planned once the exhibition closes in Essen, taking in, among others, Toronto and the Dutch city of Maastricht.

Edited by: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim

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