Friday, April 17, 2015

Foundation Created to Preserve the Ghastly Inventory of Auschwitz

By Rachel Donadio
A display of childrens’ shoes belonging to some of the victims of the camps. Credit James Hill for The New York Times
POLAND---To visit Auschwitz is to find an unfathomable but strangely familiar place. After so many photographs and movies, books and personal testimonies, it is tempting to think of it as a movie-set death camp, the product of a gruesome cinematic imagination, and not the real thing. Alas, it is the real thing. That is why, since its creation in 2009, the foundation that raises money to maintain the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau has had a guiding philosophy: “To preserve authenticity.” [link]