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“Forbidden Art” – Death Camp Art at NEIU

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 00:10

forbidden art

Birkenau Mieczyslaw

Inside a male barrack by Birkenau Mieczyslaw

Phantoms are back

Czesław Lenczowski

Phantoms are back Czesław Lenczowski

Wheel-barrows

Oświęcim Jerzy Adam Brandhuber

Wheel-barrows from the cycle I

Before selection

Halina Ołomucka

Before selection

Loading sick people on car

Jerzy Potrzebowski

Loading sick people on car

 

The exhibition is divided in two parts. The first shows the camp’s reality - scenes from its functioning and portraits of prisoners. The second presents some ways of escape from this reality: caricatures, albums with greetings and fairy tales that prisoners wrote for their children. The works are shown in photographic form. They are diverse, but according to the exhibition’s curator and art historian of Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Agnieszka Sieradzka, one thing connects them: “Each of them is a moving story of a particular human being, created at the risk of life and which is today a testimony, document and personal confession.”

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