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Ceija Stojka (1933-2013) : sogar der Tod hat Angst vor Auschwitz = Even death is terrified of Auschwitz = Vi o merimo daral katar o Auschwitz / Herausgeber, Lith Bahlmann, Matthias Reichelt

Publication | Library Call Number: N6811.5.S76 A4 2014

Ceija Stojka (1933-2013), a member of the Lovara community (from the Hungarian Lo = horse, horse traders), a Roma group that settled in Austria, was deported to Auschwitz with a large portion of her family at ten years old. Her father had previously been gassed in the 'euthanasia' facility at Hartheim. Ceija Stojka survived not only the extermination camp at Auschwitz, but also the concentration camps at Ravensbrück and Bergen Belsen, from which she was freed by the British army on 15 April 1945. Together with her brother Karl Stojka, she was the first to break the victims' silence in Austria in the 1980s, and continued to discuss her treatment as a Roma openly from then on. At the end of the 1980s she began teaching herself to draw and paint. The cycle of ink drawings and gouaches 'Even death is afraid of Auschwitz' developed over several years and comprises approximately 250 pages. It offers an impressive artistic narrative of the persecution and genocide of the Roma and Sinti under the Nazis and is being published as completely as possible in this book. The texts by Barbara Danckwortt and Tímea Junghaus explore the artist's traumatic experiences in a concentration camp, and how she used art to work through them. Director Karin Berger describes the close cooperation with Ceija Stojka when making her documentary films. The two editors, Lith Bahlmann und Matthias Reichelt, provide an introduction to the topic and set out the context of the artistic work. An integral part of the book is a DVD featuring the two film portraits of Ceija Stojka by Karin Berger. 0Exhibition: Kunstverein Tiergarten Berlin, Germany (20.06.-26.07.2014) / Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin, Germany (02.07.-31.08.2014).

Book cover
Variant Title
Sogar der Tod hat Angst vor Auschwitz
Even death is terrified of Auschwitz
Vi o merimo daral katar o Auschwitz
Stojka, Ceija.
Nürnberg : Verlag für moderne Kunst, ©2014
Includes bibliographical references
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