Following the success of our debut exhibit at London’s City Hall in January 2009 featuring 30 sitters now living in the London area, Portraits for Posterity wishes to expand the collection to include Holocaust survivors living in other parts of Britain.
We are pursuing this goal for two reasons. Firstly, 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Third Reich and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen and the other Nazi camps. It will also be the last major commemoration to feature significant participation by the victims themselves. Portraits for Posterity aims to make a national collection of portraits the centrepiece of that year’s commemorations.
Secondly, and equally importantly, the portraits will support future endeavours to educate both young and old about the Holocaust and genocide. Existing and ongoing work has ensured that tomorrow’s scholars will have access to the largest collection of first-hand testimony ever gathered about one event in history. By creating memorable portraits, Portraits for Posterity aims to provide a highly visual, flexible and mainstream gateway to this invaluable historical record.
Above all, the project complements Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations that take place throughout Britain in January of each year. The portraits will provide an educational and community resource that will be available for future generations.
Given the passing of time, arranging portraits is becoming increasingly urgent. If you are interested in contributing funds to help realise our vision, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org