While away on vacations, I missed two weeks of the WP Photo Challenge. In this post I will share with you my entries for ‘Symbol’, ‘Half and Half’ and ‘Close up’.
All photos were taken in Germany, when we visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
“On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a “school of violence” for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in other camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.
The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 on the initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau.”
These are my entries for “Symbol”.
The first is the Jewish Memorial, designed by architect Zvi Guttmann. The structure is made of black basalt lava and slopes downward like a ramp.
The second entry is a photo taken inside the Jewish Memorial site. At the lowest point, light seeps through an opening in the ceiling.
The railing is reminiscent of the barbed wire that was so ubiquitous in the concentration camp, and together with the ramp imbues the building with symbolism recalling the extermination of European Jewry.
These are my entries for “Half and Half”.
A menorah with seven branches made of Peki’in marble hovers above the building. In Peki’in, a place in Israel, at least one Jew should always reside, even in the most difficult of times, to symbolize the continuity of Judaism. Inside burns the “Ner Tamid,” the eternal light.
In the first photo is the entry gate to the concentration camp. Two contrasting halves. Outside they were told that this was a reeducation center. Inside, they found torture and death.
ARBEIT MACHT FREI means WORK LIBERATES. They found a different reality inside the camp.
The second photo is of one of the monuments inside the Memorial site with an inscription.
In one half is an inscription which is a tribute to those who died and those who resisted extermination, as a call for action, for the world to unite and defend peace and freedom.
The other half is made of pebble stones, which may represent the effort we must strive to make so that atrocities against humanity can never happen again.
These are my entries for “Close up”
The first photo is location number 15 of one of the barracks, where the prisoners ‘lived’ in the concentration camp.
The second photo is of a plaque on the wall of of the Jewish Memorial Site; a reminder of the holocaust.
A total of 34 barracks were located on the right and left side of the camp road. The position of these barracks is marked by stone foundations. There are two barracks at the beginning of the camp road which were reconstructed as part of the Memorial Site.
The National Socialists reign cost the lives of 6 million Jews.
Except for photo #3 taken with a point and shoot Canon camera, all other photos were taken with a Olympus E-M10. I converted the photos to black and white in LightRoom, then applied a filter Antique Plate 1 in Silver Efex 2.