Haim Maor

Untitled I (Birkenau Silhouette), Israel, 2001

Color print photograph 70x100cm

Courtesy of the artist

“In the beginning they called me Haim Benjamin Moshkovitz,
like the name of my grandfather, my father’s father,
who was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942.
I was his walking shadow and echo of his image.
Without my knowing him, he was an inseparable train,
which trailed behind me or was laid on my shoulders.”

The series of Auschwitz-Birkenau shadows, for which the back of a beefy and fair haired figure serves as backdrop, presents the cursed paradox to which the artist is tied by an umbilical cord. With his very hands he carves upon living flesh and makes a memorial to the place in which man lost his humanity, and created a machine for exterminating human kind in the most sophisticated way, and with an efficiency nobody before or after could equal.