The passing of time tends to fade memories, but it’s important to remind ourselves of what truly happened along history’s timeline. Starting February 8, ‘Seeing Auschwitz’ will present a collection of 100+ photographs, sketches, testimonials and important memorabilia. The exhibition sheds more light on the horrific events of the largest concentration and extermination camp in Nazi Germany, presenting victims and perpetrators through a new lens that will have you questioning what evil means and who can be trusted with the truth.
There’s what’s been told of Auschwitz, and there’s what actually happened. ‘Seeing Auschwitz’ displays images captured during that time, in large part by SS garrison members who leaned towards their own version of the truth. You’ll be seeing smiling faces, children playing, groups of friends — but you’ll also witness the stark contrast of deportees on their way to their incineration. ‘Seeing Auschwitz’ pushes you to look past the frame to the historical context of it all. Using facts to uncover the true story behind each photograph will depict the infamous time period in a way you might have never imagined.
As you study each photograph, it might dawn on you that the person behind the camera was most likely a Nazi official. What does that mean exactly? What does it highlight and what does it hide?
The powerful exhibition discusses the repercussions of being a victim or a perpetrator — based on the rich context that surrounds them.
The moving visual journey features a free audio guide that provides 60-minute narration including testimonies from Auschwitz survivors. Collected over decades, these valuable gems of information — alongside sketches and photographs — add another dimension to our knowledge of the most traumatic events in history.
‘Seeing Auschwitz’ is a hauntingly brilliant exhibition welcoming attendees 12 and up at Charlotte’s Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are now available starting at $15.