Austrian painter and photographer Manfred Bockelmann, was born 70 years ago in 1943, a time when millions of people, including hundreds of thousands of children, were killed. Contemplating his 70th birthday, Manfred Bockelmann made a resolution: he will strive to keep the memory of children and adolescents that died in the concentration camps alive. He started drawing their portraits and in doing so realized that he had set himself up for a task that would occupy him for the rest of his life. With every finished portrait, he claims, he adds 'faces to the number, brings people to life out of the anonymity of statistics'. Bockelmann will continue drawing these portraits for as long as he can: Drawing to keep memory alive, drawing against oblivion.
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"The number on my arm was my ticket to survival. If you didn't have this number you were finished". To the inmates of the death camps the tatooed registration number was crucial. Only inmates who were selected for labour were given a number which equaled life. See more