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Etched in Flesh and Soul

The Auschwitz Number in Art

Batya Brutin


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A generation - of Jews and non-Jews alike - scarred for life: a number indelibly etched into flesh and soul in the Auschwitz concentration camp complex, a constant reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

From the Holocaust period onwards, references to the Auschwitz number figure broadly in artworks - by survivors and non-survivor artists, Jewish and non-Jewish artists.

This volume analyses the place of this number in artists' consciousness as well as in collective consciousness. Correcting the lack of comprehensive research on visual representations of the Auschwitz number in art, the book examines this motif and how artists use it to deal with contemporary issues.

de Gruyter, 9783110739916, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2022

About the Author

Batya Brutin, art historian and curator, researcher of Holocaust monuments and Holocaust visual arts, Israel