Angel of Death, Dachau by Stan Lipsitz
© 2011 Stan Lipsitz

    • Title: Angel of Death, Dachau
    • Artist: Stan Lipsitz
    • From: San Francisco, CA USA

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    Artist Statement

    "There were many ways to die in the camps but few ways to survive. Death could come slowly through starvation, exhaustion, or disease or quickly through Zyklon-B, a rifle butt, or a selection. Death was always nearby. The Angel of Death constantly hovered over the camps, ready at a moment’s notice, to remove the spirit of life from any human body. Actually, there must have been many Angels of Death. Too many of the slaves were murdered for one Angel to touch the souls of so many people.

    "I feel sorry for the Angels, who were assigned this odious task, although in truth there must have been many instances when death was merciful. During normal times the Angel of Death did not have to work so hard, but the Holocaust was not a normal time and even the Angels must have dreaded their duty.

    "For me this photograph is about death, dehumanization, and suffering, a metaphor for the human condition at its worst. It is also about remembrance."