Pile of skulls and shoes

Place Europe: Poland
Accession Number ART90358
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 16.1 x 24.2 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Slawik, Bernard
Place made Poland: Lwow
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Janowska, like many other concentration camps, piled the shoes, clothes, documents and bodies of its victims. This image was particularly common after the war when photographers entered the liberated camps. The image of the Nazi soldier as having the face of a baboon is rare, if not unknown in holocaust imagery. It is a particularly personal expression by the artist that shows the guard as a trained animal, foolishly yet powerfully guarding his bounty.

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