I originally posted this over at Boing Boing, but I thought, for the sake of giving this project as much visibility as possible, I should mention it on my personal website as well:
While the Auschwitz Concentration Camp is infamously known for its role in Nazi Germany's plans to eradicate European Jewry, other groups were also tortured and senselessly murdered inside the camp’s walls as well: members of Poland's leadership, intellectuals, clergy and resistance activists, Sinti & Roma, Soviet POWs, Jehovah witnesses and homosexuals. We'll be telling their stories as well.
For my part, I'll be serving as an editor on the project. It's my job to create a coherent, readable story out of the material gleaned from the Auschwitz Memorial Archives. It's a passion project for me: I had family murdered in the back of vans in Minsk during the war. Their only crime was that they were Jewish. I volunteered my services to the project in order to honor my family and to ensure that the senseless hatred of the Nazis and their co-conspirators is never forgotten.
Faces of Auschwitz is a huge undertaking: a dedicated website is in the works, but for now, you can find the first two restored photos and the stories of the people in them on Marina's Website, here. Neither I nor Marina are being paid for our work on the Faces of Auschwitz. We serve the dead that the living might remember them.
Earlier today, we were proud to announce that Faces of Auschwitz will be sponsored by the Michael Frank Family Charitable Fund. The Foundation's generous contribution to our work will allow us to expand the scope of the project beyond what we can accomplish with a webpage and on social media: a book, talks surrounding the project, and an educational component are all in the works. I can't think of a greater responsibility or a greater honor than being a part of what we're creating.
This is easily the most intimidating and to me, rewarding project that I've been involved in. It's so important that the facts of the victim's lives that I'll be curating be treated with accuracy and dignity. It is the very least that they deserve for the pain and indignities that they suffered at the hands of the German Nazis who ran the camp and their collaborators. As I write this, Marina is no doubt working on a new image to include in the project. As she does so, our colleague, from the Auschwitz Memorial Museum, Pawel Sawicki is likely, in addition to his other duties for the Museum, occupied by selecting which individual from the Museum's archives we should profile next. My contribution to this project pales in comparison to the amount of work that these two do. I'm both happy and honored to have anything to do with them.