An exhibition features photographs by Dutch photography duo Chris en Marjan online and is scheduled to run from March 15 to April 25, 2021 in the foyer of the main exhibition of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.
"I grew up not too far from the castle. My grandparents told me stories about snow in the summer, which were actually the ashes of burned corpses." (Susanne, Guide at Hartheim Castle)
The generation that lived through war and concentration camps is disappearing. Their stories, however, do not disappear with them. They live on in memorials. This is how the Dutch photographer duo Chris en Marjan formulate the background to their photo exhibition "Snow in Summer." They portraited and interviewed employees from eleven memorial sites in seven countries. What does memory mean to them? Among those interviewed from the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial was Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienst volunteer Sasha Egorenko: "For me, remembrance is a process that involves understanding one's own history through the history of others." Photographs of the memorials themselves are also featured in the exhibition. In the process, a paradoxical beauty often opens in the photographs.
The photo exhibition with English texts will be shown in the foyer of the main exhibition at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. A translation of the texts into German will be provided. The photo project is also available online at: https://www.snowinsummer.nl/