'Untitled' from the Series Terezín.  Daniel Blaufuks.

From Issue 11: Terezín

In this article from Issue 11, artist Daniel Blaufuks explains to Ben Burbridge how visiting the Nazi camp Theresienstadt informed his work.

Artist Daniel Blaufuks’ work focuses on the area of Theresienstadt, or Terezín, in the Czech Republic, a fortified town sixty kilometres to the north of Prague. At the Wannsee Conference in January 1942, the Germans chose Theresienstadt as a “Model Ghetto” for Jews over 65 years old, Jewish veterans from the First World War and known Jewish personalities. The Nazis declared the camp a “ghetto under Jewish authority”, appointing a council of elders with a chairman, but under the authority of the SS. Theresienstadt boasted a functioning library, police force, fire brigade and other civic services, yet in reality the camp was another staging post on the way to Auschwitz or Birkenau.

BB: What first drew you to Terezín to make this work?

DB: I went to Terezín, formerly Theresienstadt, because of an image I had seen long before in a book by the German author W.G. Sebald. I had never been in a concentration camp before, nor have I been since: the photograph was the reason.

BB: What was so intriguing about the photograph? 

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Published in Photoworks Issue 11, 2008

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