By Christophe COGNET


Documentary - Completed 2013

The art created in Nazi camps is unknown to most of us: it is hard
to imagine the desire drawning and event art, and the ability to
create it within concentration camps. And yet, nearly 30,000 works
have survived from the camps. 30,000 – a considerable number, one
which is completely unknown

& Awards

Rome FF 2013
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Historical
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Christophe COGNET
    • Writer(s)
    • Christophe COGNET, Jean BRESCHAND, Pierre Francois MOREAU
    • Producer(s)
    • Jonas KATZENSTEIN (augenschein), Maximilian LEO (augenschein), Stephane JOURDAIN (La Huit)
    • Synopsis
    • "What deeply moved me was the terrible beauty of all those bodies piled up like branches on a funeral pyre, with hands and feed poking out.
      I was fascinated by the tragic elegance… It was absolutely necessary to reproduce, represent and show that, in order to preserve it for what came after." - Zoran Mušič, Dachau survivor.
      How can we speak about beauty and aesthetic pleasure in a concentration camp?
      With this film, I set off to discover firsthand the works secretly produced in Nazi concentration camps between 1933 and 1945.
      Seeking out the drawings, wash drawings and paintings held in different collections means opening up boxes, closets and drawers, unwrapping tissue paper in France, Germany, Israel, Poland, the
      Czech Republic, Belgium, etc.
      I visit the Holocaust memorial museums, art and history museums, the sites of former concentration camps and the memorials associated with them: in Auschwitz I and II, in Theresienstadt, Buchenwald, Hinzert, Dachau, Ravensbruck, Dora, Sobibor, etc.
      I talk with those currently responsible for the works: museum directors, curators and historians. We carefully handle these fragile works made out of newspaper, stationary, packaging or scraps of
      posters… There is a wide variety of supports and techniques; we recognize graphite pencil, ink, felt-tip marker, charcoal, sometimes chalk, clay, dust… The bits of paper vary in size but are generally no
      larger than half a page. Some works are sketches while others, much fewer, are highly elaborate and carefully executed in color. There are portraits, genre works and scenes of everyday life, lands- capes, figure studies, erotic drawings, vanitas, etc.
    • Partners & financing
    • augenschein Filmproduktion (German Co-Producer)
      50 % of financing secured
    • Production schedule
    • Shooting: 12/2011 - 06 /2012
      Post Production: 07/2012 - 01/2013
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Dec 01, 2011