|Drawing in Marian Kolodziej's Labyrinth, a testimony to his five years in Auschwitz.|
|Another drawing: depicting the longing eyes of prisoners.|
"This is not an exhibit, nor art, nor images, but words contained in designs."
His words are as powerful, even after his death, than 'real' words. Staring at the pen-strokes I got chills, feeling the pain he did when his hand pressed against the paper. Intricate shadows and lines made every picture worth looking at for many minutes at a time. However, we did not get as much time as I would have wanted there. I tried to take pictures of everything, in order to feel and experience more of his feelings.
Later, we went back to Auschwitz unguided. The five of us went to the exhibitions for the Roma, Austrians, Slovaks, and French. We actually got the lights shut off on us in the Roma exhibition, since it was closing time! Besides that frightening experience, all four exhibitions were extremely interesting. It was weird to see each perspective because sometimes they differed in their memories of histories. Between the four though, my favorite was the French. It was so interesting because they had a room a white lighted panels dedicated to specific numbers of transported and murdered victims. Also, it had shadows on the wall to represent mysterious victims. While it was incredibly creepy, it really added to the feeling of not really walking alone through Auschwitz, even if you are alone.
|Appearance of shadow in French exhibition|