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Auschwitz Museum Publishes Prisoner Sketchbook

Postby Jazz » 7 years 8 months ago (Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:53 pm)

Found hidden away in a bottle, the Auschwitz Memorial Museum has published sketches drawn by a prisoner at the Birkenau extermination camp. They provide a rare first-hand glimpse of life and death inside. The book is part of the museum's plans to launch a catalogue of 6,000 artworks in its archives.

The sketches are chilling -- prisoners arriving at a concentration camp, children being torn from their parents' arms, a guard casually smoking outside a gas chamber as bodies are loaded into a truck. The images, recently published in a book by the Auschwitz Memorial Museum, were taken from a unique sketchbook drawn around 1943 at the Birkenau camp. A former prisoner working as a watchman discovered the 32 sketches in a bottle near the death camp's crematorium in 1947.

"The Sketchbook from Auschwitz" includes the 22 pages of drawings from an unknown prisoner whose initials were apparently MM. They represent a rare first-hand historical account of the Holocaust. "These sketches are the only work of art made in Birkenau that depict exterminations," museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki told SPIEGEL ONLINE.

While the circumstances make it hard to identify or trace the author, details in the images themselves provide several clues as to when they were created. The main gate at Birkenau, for example, is depicted before an extension was added.

"The second wing of the main gate was built between 1943 and 1944, but is absent from the sketches. Thus we concluded that the sketches were drawn in 1943 or before. From our records we believe that the author would have worked in the hospital sector or gathering luggage from the ramp," Sawicki explained.

'Witness to Extermination'

The most striking aspects of the sketches in the book are the minute detail and the artist's emphasis on presenting documentary evidence. "You can clearly see that the author was determined to present the largest number of details," Agnieszka Sieradzka, an art historian with the museum and the author of the book wrote in a statement. "Badges of functionary prisoners, number plates of the trucks, train cars on the ramp as well as block numbers are carefully depicted. The author of the sketchbook hoped that someone would find his work so that it would become a witness to extermination."

The Polish-English publication, launched by the Auschwitz archives on Jan. 16, is part of a larger commemorative project being undertaken by the museum. "The publication of the sketchbook is part of the museum's efforts to make more and more material from our archives available online," Sawicki said. The images were released to mark this year's 70th anniversary of the start of exterminations in the gas chambers at Birkenau.

This spring the museum, which received a record 1.4 million visitors in 2011, is also planning to publish a catalogue containing images from the 6,000 or so works of art preserved in its archive collection.


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This drawing looks like it's been altered (if these drawings are even genuine at all).

The author of the sketchbook hoped that someone would find his work so that it would became a witness to extermination.

Amazing how these sketches suddenly appeared to remind us of the sacred holocaust.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/ger ... 91,00.html

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Re: Auschwitz Museum Publishes Prisoner Sketchbook

Postby Inquisitor » 7 years 8 months ago (Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:38 pm)

Those sketches sure look suspciously "on the nose" as they say, to me. The subject matter looks like illustrations plucked from any officially-sacntioned "holocaust" publication. The detail is also incredible - the SS uniforms are amazingly accurate for a prisoner "sketch." From the piping around several officers' notably darker collars(as the "bottle-green" collars of the common model-36(or 35) pattern tunic featured), the cap designs and insignia, sleeve-eagles, pocket design and placement, the seam on the rear of the marschstiefel(jack-boots), even the dual belt-loops that are common on the rear of the P-38/and '08 model holsters; these are just not details someone who has not studied these articles would likley take note of in my own opinion.

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Re: Auschwitz Museum Publishes Prisoner Sketchbook

Postby The Warden » 7 years 8 months ago (Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:48 pm)

Is that supposed to be fire and smoke billowing from Krema chimneys in the last one? :lol:
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Re: Auschwitz Museum Publishes Prisoner Sketchbook

Postby Haldan » 7 years 8 months ago (Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:29 am)

Interesting to note, if these even are genuine, that a prisoner is allowed to paint or sketch. Even some bits in colour. In a place which has been described as a well-oiled place of extermination where everybody who is alleged not to fit the work routines are said to have been murdered in systematic fashion.
I wonder what work capacity this random guy was assigned? Document the procedure by sketching? I guess those stupid Germans forgot all their Leicas at home...

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Re: Auschwitz Museum Publishes Prisoner Sketchbook

Postby Jazz » 7 years 8 months ago (Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:09 am)

The Warden wrote:Is that supposed to be fire and smoke billowing from Krema chimneys in the last one? :lol:


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Re: Auschwitz Museum Publishes Prisoner Sketchbook

Postby Mkk » 7 years 8 months ago (Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:55 am)

I don't see anything proving extermination in these drawings. In Picture D you can see what looks like a cart, with dead bodies that have been unloaded. Several documents refer to this kind of thing.

I am skeptical though, because of the fire in drawing D which we know to be impossible. None of the other pictures have any colour, so maybe it was drawn in.
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