Created by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, this exhibition features artwork by 12 survivors who documented their experiences in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and present their fate as victims of the largest German concentration and extermination camp. Visitors will have the opportunity to view these profound pieces of art, which include 60 paintings and drawings, in docent-led small groups or independently.
According to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, “The artists who survived tried to convey on canvas or paper the magnitude of the tragedy and the horrifying reality of camp life. They produced works, and sometimes whole cycles, in which we can see the conditions under which the prisoners existed, standing at roll call, the appalling sanitation, the hunger, the punishments, the humiliation, and emotions like dread, despair, and helplessness.”
Sponsor: Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation, Holocaust Education Center, Moultrie County History Center