Collaboration and Connections: Postprints of the AICCM Paper, Books and Photographic Materials Special Interest Group Symposium, Sydney 1-3 April 2004, pp. 79-86


The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in O_wi_cim established on the site of the former Nazi concentration and annihilation camp commenced its work in 1947. The historical objects made of paper and leather are stored in the Archive and Collection Departments. Among the exhibits are works of art produced in secrecy such as the children’s books. The unique story of each of these books left behind traces, historical testimonies. The line between traces and damages is fluent. Guiding principle of the curatorial intervention should be to preserve the highest level of historical authenticity. The decision has to be made whether the traces transmitted or the damages occurred are to be interpreted and to be restored and displayed as relevant historical testimonies. Auschwitz was the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp. Established on the 2nd of July 1947, the State Museum of Auschwitz Birkenau was erected on the site of the former KL Auschwitz Birkenau. It was placed by UNESCO on its international list of the world cultural heritage in 1979. The archival collection was put on the UNESCO list in 2000.

3rd Book, Paper and Photographs Symposium, 2004
Paper author:
Kozub, Beate