whole: Thirty one pairs of ceramic, non-identical 1930s shoes arranged in a queue formation with a pair of matching red
children's shoes at the front.
components: 62 different ceramic shoes to be arranged in interchangeable pairs, one identical pair of red children's
shoes to be displayed together
Jenny Stolzenberg has a very personal connection to the story of the Holocaust, as her father was a survivor of Buchenwald and Dachau camps.
'My father, who survived Dachau and Buchenwald, rarely talked to me about his experiences. Either he could not endure reliving them, or possibly he did not want to burden me with his story.'
After visiting Auschwitz, Stolzenberg felt compelled to reflect on her experiences creatively, and the piece Forgive and do not Forget is the result of her life-long exploration to understand and come to terms with her family's history.
The shoes she created are accurate reproductions of those found at the concentration camp and show her passionate concern for the individuality and identity that was stolen from the victims of the genocide.
She chooses to arrange her shoes in a way that evokes the story of the individual who wore them, much in contrast to the great piles of shoes at Auschwitz, which reflect the overwhelmingly vast number of victims.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.