Sound of Europe
Salzburg, 27.-28. Jan 2006
“January 27, 1945 – In Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust”
Digital Animation by Zachary Lieberman.
January 27th, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is international Holocaust Memorial Day. To mark this, an artistic work commemorating the victims of the Holocaust has been created for “The Sound of Europe” conference.
Handwritten names of children and young adults who were murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp move across all nine projection screens arrayed around the conference hall. The lines forming the script are suddenly pulled apart from each end and stretched taut. The names are eradicated, and all that remains are thin, frail lines that gradually disappear. (The decision to use only the names of children and young adults alludes to Oliviero Toscani’s photo project “Faces of Europe” that was also produced for this conference.)
This work of digital animation lasts about 10 minutes. When it concludes, the following text appears on screen superimposed upon aerial photographs of Auschwitz II-Birkenau shot during a Royal Air Force reconnaissance flight on August 23, 1944:
Aerial photographs of Auschwitz-Birkenau:
Lists of names of the victims of the Holocaust: