Katherine Griffiths photographed 44 Holocaust survivors with objects which are emblematic of their endurance. Both the survivor and the object are witnesses to history and retainers of memory. They are embodiments of a traumatic past that engage us to contemplate the profound and ongoing impact of the Holocaust. When witness and relic are reunited, something extraordinary happens, the narrative deepens and the past and present collide. It is Griffith’s hope that the portraits will help viewers connect deeply and humanely with the Museum’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and bring them closer to the lived experience of that time. As the events of the Holocaust recede into the past, it is the human stories and their objects that will emblazon searing memories into the hearts and minds of succeeding generations.
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