Photographer's Note

Majdanek was the second largest concentration camp in Poland, shadowed only by Auschwitz. Something I remarked in conjunction with another of my concentration camp shots is that Auschwitz struck me as being a tidy museum while Majdanek is left nearly as it was at the end of World War II (with the Nazis having tried to dynamite the entire compund and succeeding in leveling only half of it).

The most remarkable thing about Majdanek is the fact that there are no guards minding the grounds--not one. The only person there that day besides myself, my father, and another couple of curious wanderers, was the curator of an on-site gallery exhibit of work created by inmates who had survived the bruatalities of Majdanek and lived long enough to tell their stories through pictures. I had my father ask her in Polish why there were no guards there and she replied, "We've never had a need for any. Maybe when we do, we'll get some."

The second most remarkable thing about modern Majdanek is the graffiti that covers most of the grounds. While a great deal of Poland is sprayed with anti-religious messages (the most ubiquitous being a hangman's gallows with some symbol hanging from it--a star of david, a coptic cross, etc.) But I could not find one piece of anti-semitic messaging here in Majdanek, which, being unguarded, would be the perfect place for stupid people to desecrate the memory of those who suffered. The most common bit of graffiti, then? "Nirvana Rules!"

The shot here, of course, is of the communal toilets the inmates were forced to use. There is no color in this shot but that's not because it was shot in B&W or altered for color in PS. There was simply no color there...

PS: Cropped, unsharp mask, clone stamp to delete a couple of tiny artifacts, adjusted levels.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Jakob Holder (playwrought) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 51 W: 4 N: 37] (98)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2000-07-00
  • Categories: Ruines
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2004-08-19 10:20
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