When more than 200 survivors gathered last year at the former Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its liberation, it struck Jonathan Ornstein that there were three days each year to remember Nazi victims but no day to celebrate the lives of Holocaust survivors.
The photos document the author’s life and family history, from a displaced person’s camp after the Holocaust to a Brooklyn childhood.
“With this gesture, objects inextricably linked to Auschwitz lose the anonymity weighing down on them — sometimes unbearable.”
One inscription identifies the shoe as belonging to Amos Steinberg, who was born in Prague in 1938.
The Nazi death camp has been invoked by those who oppose the push to take down statues honoring controversial figures.
“Ms. Wagner would have been standing among us at the rally for racial justice, if she could have been.”
Two Minnesota high school students were criticized for sharing a video titled “Me and the boys on the way to camp.”
The Polish government earlier had closed all museums and cultural institutions, as well as schools and universities, through March 25.
In a speech there, Mohammed al-Issa called Holocaust atrocities a “crime against humanity.
Peter Somogyi, 86, and his twin Thomas were 11 years old in 1994 when, Somogyi said, they were sent to the special barracks for twins at Auschwitz.