Auschwitz museum launches exhibition of prisoners’ art

2011-10-18 14:12

Warsaw – Caricatures, albums with greetings and fairy tales were on display today at a new exhibition at the Auschwitz museum in Poland that showcases works made secretly by prisoners of the Nazi concentration camp during World War 2.

The Forbidden Art exhibit features 20 photographs of art done under the threat of death by inmates during Germany’s occupation of Poland.

Each artwork is accompanied by a historical commentary and archival material.

“There is a moving story behind each of these works,” said Agnieszka Sieradzka, a historian at the museum.

“This makes our exhibition not only an encounter with art, but also an important lesson in history.”

Some 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, died at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1940-45.

The victims also include Polish and Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti.

The exhibit will be open for two weeks, then will travel to several cities in the US.

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