A portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer

Following the trail of a Torah Scroll once used in Pardubice in the Czech Republic, poet Jane Liddell-King and photographer Marion Davies went to the town to find out if there were any survivors. Their unexpected meeting with just two was the beginning of a collaboration during which they met several remarkable people who told them their intersecting stories. These stories form the basis of a travelling exhibition and a book Faces in the Void: Czech Survivors of the Holocaust.

Alice Herz-Sommer (pictured) was a true inspiration to all who met her. A person whose pain was hidden by her optimistic approach to a life, which lasted 110 years.

Jane dedicated two poems to her and one afternoon in 2008 we returned to read them to her. Alice’s delight at the poems, which evoke her experiences in Terezín, was unmistakeable. One of these poems is Appassionata.

Marion Davies is a prize-winning documentary photographer whose work has been shown extensively both in the UK and abroad. Her first exhibition and book, Absence and Loss: Holocaust Memorials in Berlin and Beyond, represents an innovative approach to Holocaust remembrance.


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