Auschwitz concentration camp & extermination

Visiting the camp was for me one of the most difficult photographic and emotional experiences.


Why have I been passionate about Jewish history and culture for so long? Perhaps it is due to my uprootedness or my fascination with their necessary strength in the face of adversity and hell.

Regardless, over the years, visiting the Auschwitz memorial has become obvious to me.
My Slavic origins probably had something to do with it, given the fate the Nazis had in store for us during the Second World War.

Traveling to Poland with my partner allowed us to reunite with long-time Polish friends, which greatly contributed to making the visit to the Memorial bearable.

For years, I prepared for this visit: I watched videos on the camps, testimonials, photos, but….. Once there, you will NEVER be ready!
You cannot imagine the scale of the camps… A “final solution industry”.

All day, I tried to stay focused on my work as a photographer. I explored every corner of the camp, trying to capture what I was feeling.
Around 4 p.m., as I stood at the end of the endless Birkenau camp, all the horrors flashed before my eyes. I put down my equipment… and I cried.

As this project was close to my heart, I carefully prepared a photographic exhibition entitled: Auschwitz, industry of the “final solution”.

Through around fifteen commented photographs of the Auschwitz camps, with the respect and memory due to it, the visitor is invited to discover the fate of the prisoners from the entry to the sordid exit of the camps.

I am very proud that one of my photos was awarded in the professional photojournalism category (Monochrome Photography Awards).

A brochure of my exhibition “Auschwitz, an industry of the 'Final Solution' is available.

For more information : Auschwitz Memorial official Website

error: © Vladimir Kar
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