In the shadow of Auschwitz: Searching for traces in Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. Photo exhibition at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, 23 January to 22 February 2018
The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp has become globally synonymous with the Holocaust, the murder of the European Jews. But other sites of murder, where Nazi perpetrators also killed tens or even hundreds of thousands of people, are often “overshadowed” and receive little if any attention.
An excursion in May 2016 organised by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, together with information disseminators from the fields of science, research and education, set out to search for traces by travelling to nine locations that are mostly or completely unknown in Germany: to Poland, Belarus and Ukraine, to sites such as Chełmno, Bełżec, Sobibór, Treblinka and Lublin-Majdanek, to Maly Trascianec and to Babi Yar, Kamianets-Podilskyi and Lwiw-Janowska.
Tens and hundreds of thousands of people were killed in these places, mostly Jews but also Sinti and Roma people, political opponents, POWs, local people classified as “subhumans,” mentally ill people and other medical patients, and people considered “unable to work.” They were beaten, shot and murdered in mobile gas vans or gas chambers using exhaust fumes, carbon monoxide or hydrocyanic acid.
This excursion resulted in the publication of a text in a series from the German Federal Agency for Civic Education: “In the shadow of Auschwitz: Searching for traces in Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. Encounter. Remember. Learn”. The photographer Mark Mühlhaus embarked on this search for traces as well; his photos are the basis of the book and an exhibition described in this booklet.
Selected photographs from the book are displayed in a large format in the exhibition.
Booklet of the Federal Agency for Civic Education
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