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  • "Arbeit Macht Frei"; "labour makes you free." The slogan that graces the entrance to many of the Nazi camps on iron gates. The gates that welcomed her victims when opened and when shut sealed their impending death. Mocking each passing victim on their way to a man made Hell. This very mockery of the victims has now become the mockery of the Nazis with this sign depicted in the picture, now on display in an exhibit in the Krakow Museum of Modern Art. "Kunst Macht Frei"; "art makes you free." The sign itself is a mockery as art is entrapping and does not attain this freedom promised. Similar to the way that the freedom promised was stripped at the camps and confined the prisoners to their death. It is also interesting to note that the very museum it is displayed in was once the factory of Oscar Schindler. Where work eventually did set the prisoners working there free.

    Does this over step a boundary though? Does it only mock the Nazis and not the victims? What about mocking society today trying to be free of limitations of daily life and finding outside hobbies to release the tension of the mind? Should the Holocaust be used in this way? A Professor from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow Annamaria Orla- Bukowska told our class, " the Holocaust is a good thing to think with." However, what is the capacity to think of it with?

    -photo taken from the blog "Refuge" on the website:
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