This beautifully designed and memorable book was made to accompany the Closer: Portraits of Survival exhibition. It features portraits of 44 Holocaust survivors with an object and their story.
Their individual stories represent multiple different perspectives, yet when read as a whole paint a vivid and haunting picture of the German war against the Jews of Europe and the resilience of the Jewish people in the face of attempts to annihilate them.
While the spoken word has unimaginable power to engage and transform, this book and the exhibition show it is the relics of time – the diaries and letters, a fragment of fabric, a torn photograph and other memorabilia, that are anchors to the past and have their own stories to tell. By combining the witness and the relic, something remarkable happens and the narrative deepens and the past and present collide.
The impressive portraits in the exhibition and this book were photographed by Katherine Griffiths.