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Since the beginning of its existence a concentration camp has been a resultant of civilization and nature, and all stages of its development and also its reconstruction into a museum after having been freed, depict this fight. The museum is a resultant of those forces. The landscape and greenery make it particularly visible.
Birkenau is a death field full of human ashes, bones, at the same time it’s a overgrowing area with strolling birds and running animals. In the middle there is a commentary, on the outskirts – a reservation: for animals and memory of people. The memory reservation is a captivating place. In 1993 Young used to write: „The first visit in places such as Majdanek or Auschwitz can be shocking not because of bloody terror which is recalled by those places but due to their unexpected and even inappropriate beauty.”
Things left by victims resemble the mass of death in a camp, indicate their absolute anonymity. Shapeless shoes with no function whatsoever, had lost also their owners. They are no pieces of art but they are treated in a such way as they are supposed to survive and testify a history.
Lecture by Agnieszka Kłos on memory enclosed in nature and subjects.
Curator of debates Bartek Lis
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