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Art in concentration camps: form of survival or death sentence?

Goyard Paul, “Wooden barracks”, (1938-1945), pencil drawing, unknown dimensions, source: Buchenwald Memorial Centre

One might find it hard to believe that a very human occurrence could be found in concentration camps during the second World War. Art was seen as a way of survival and acted as a sort of distraction from the brutal reality of daily life in the camps. This was a type of rebellion against the Nazi forces’ attempts to erase all details of prisoners’ personal lives. Some artists chose to paint even in the face of danger, as it was often life treathening should one be caught. Below, we find some of the artworks that rest in the memory of Buchenwald.

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