Sixty years ago today a Jewish teenager, Roman Halter, learned from a Russian soldier on a bicycle that the Second World War had ended. Having escaped Auschwitz, he was hiding with a family near Dresden as VE Day approached.
This week, the paintings he later produced to testify to his wartime experiences go on display at Tate Britain in London in a remarkable artistic contribution to this weekend's VE Day commemorations.
The four works include Man on the Electrified Barbed-Wire, which shows a man who took his own life in despair on the fence at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and another, Shlomo, in memory of Mr Halter's half-brother who was hanged in 1940 for trying to smuggle bread for fellow labourers.
They were not produced immediately after the war, when Mr Halter moved to Britain after realising that no one in his family had survived the Holocaust, but during the Seventies, when he decided he must bear testimony to his experiences.
Chris Stephens, a Tate curator, said the gallery decided to show the works after examining the art in their collections and discovering how little British art reflected the Holocaust experience.
'Roman approached us and I looked to see what British art we could show to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the camps,' Dr Stephens said.
'It is alluded to in lots of ways but there wasn't anything that addressed the Holocaust directly which was amazing for arguably the biggest historical event of the 20th century. I don't know why that is, whether it was just too raw …