Holocaust in miniature

By Dana Gilerman

Photographs of the work “Concentration Camp,” by Polish artist Zbigniew Libera, are part of the exhibition “Demons,” now on at the Bat Yam Museum (until December 20). The work is made up of seven boxes that look identical to the packages in which Lego plastic construction toys come – down to the firm’s logo. The largest carton depicts a comprehensive overview of a concentration camp: the buildings, the gallows (on which an inmate is being executed), prisoners behind barbed-wire fences, others marching in a line into and out of the camp. The entry gate is reminiscent in shape of the entrance that greeted arrivals at Auschwitz, though without the inscription “Arbeit macht frei.” The guards wear shiny black uniforms, and the inmates striped ones.