‘Lens of faith’ exhibition opens in Auschwitz Museum

The exhibition will deal with the role faith played in the survival story of Auschwitz inmates.

May 20, 2019 13:04
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Two boys hug in front of the main railway building of the former Nazi death camp Birkenau (Auschwitz

Two boys hug in front of the main railway building of the former Nazi death camp Birkenau (Auschwitz II) during the 'March of the Living' in Oswiecim, Poland. (photo credit: KATARINA STOLTZ/ REUTERS)


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A new exhibition titled Through the lens of faith: Auschwitz will open at the Auschwitz museum in Poland July 1st. 
The exhibition will present photographs of camp survivors by Caryl Englander in a space designed by Daniel Libeskind and mounted at the entrance to Auschwitz.
Some 21 former inmates are featured in the exhibition, 18 Jewish, two Catholic-Poles and one Romani, representing three of the ethnic groups that were present in Auschwitz. 
Libeskind chose to construct a path that enables the visitor to walk and read the testimonies of these inmates. The exhibit will not necessarily focus on the brutality of the time, but how faith and spiritual resistance served as a means of coping and transcending the inmates' horrific circumstances.

The exhibition will be shown in Israel, Russia and North America and is meant to be on display until 2020. The content of the exhibition was developed by the curatorial department at the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn, New York under the direction of Dr. Henri Lustiger Thaler.
The death camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945. Primo Levi. Viktor Frankl, Elie Wiesel and Tadeusz Borowski all wrote about their experience in this camp.
Located near the town of Oswiecim, the camp is one of the most globally known sites connected to the Holocaust. 

The town of Oswiecim had a vibrant Jewish community before the Second World War and today hosts a Jewish culture center.  

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