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  • 15 February 2013

    “The Labyrinth is a haunting story, a ‘must see’ for people of all faiths… who wish to understand man's resilience and ability to survive in the face of unspeakable horrors. It is an affirmation of the triumph of the human spirit." -- Martin Sheen

    Marian Kolodziej was on one of the first transports to enter Auschwitz. He was given number 432. He survived and never spoke of his experience for 50 years. After a serious stroke in 1993, he began rehabilitation by doing pen and ink drawings depicting the experiences he and others endured in the concentration camp. These drawings, in their skeletal detail, are a gripping depiction of the pain, death, and horrors of the camp. While most of the drawings represent the memories of a young man’s hellish experiences in Auschwitz, some tell stories of small acts of kindness and dignity.

    Marian’s story of survival, of persistence, of life before, during, and after Auschwitz are a testament to the human spirit. Marian’s drawings and art installations, which he called The Labyrinth, fill the large basement of a church near Auschwitz and draw visitors into the horrific reality of the holocaust.

    "This is not an exhibition, nor art. These are not pictures. These are words locked in drawings…I propose a journey by way of this labyrinth marked by the experience of the fabric of death…It is a rendering of honor to all those who have vanished in ashes."
    -Marian Kolodziej


    Source – “The Labyrinth” official webside


    Consulate  General of Poland in Toronto together with Adam Mickiewicz Foundation and Regis College wold like to invite you to “ The Labyrinth”, the award-winning 37-minute documentary short screening on Marian Kolodziej by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jason A. Schmidt.


    Watch the trailer






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