Portraits of Auschwitz

January 27 2015

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Picture: CNN

It's Holocaust Memorial Day. On CNN there's a piece on some of the 100 plus illicit portraits drawn at Auschwitz by Franciszek Jaźwiecki, a Polish artist and political prisoner there. They're now in the camp museum, along with many other haunting art works, such as:

[...] a sketchbook containing 22 pictures most likely drawn in 1943 by an unknown prisoner at Auschwitz. The sketchbook is the only artwork documenting extermination at Birkenau. The sketches were found in 1947, two years after liberation, near Birkenau's crematoriums. They had been stuffed into a bottle and hidden in the foundations of one of the buildings.

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