14 May 2008 - 17 August 2008
RESPECTacles was Liverpool's artistic response to the events of the Holocaust and other Nazi atrocities, in particular to the images of the mounds of spectacles discovered in Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp on its liberation.
This moving exhibition was first succesfully held at Liverpool Town Hall earlier this year to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The display of spectacles was a reminder of the thousands of pairs stolen by the Nazis from people, mostly Jewish, as they entered the camp prior to their death or imprisonment.
Those on display were modern pairs donated to the exhibition and had been placed purposefully and not just thrown into a heap as happened 60 years ago. Some were named as a reminder that spectacles are such a personal item to us.
Some were labelled to remind us of the tags worn by children aged between 5 and 16 who came to Britain as part of the Kindertransport in 1938 and 1939, leaving behind their parents. In many cases, they never saw them again.
Echoes of Sorrow
Showing alongside RESPECTacles was John Guy's Echoes of Sorrow, documentary photography froom Auschwitz taken over the course of two years.
John Guy's website.
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