The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

For those of you who haven't yet heard, the sign over the gates of Auschwitz, the Polish concentration camp, which read "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work will set you free), has been stolen. Experts believe that this was a pre-planned theft to commission by someone who collects Nazi memorabilia. Certainly, it's not something that could be sold on the open market. If the deal fell through, the sign might be melted down, and this would be a real tragedy, as it is the materiality of Auschwitz that gives it its power. The article I have linked to explains it well - I agree that this is one instance where a reproduction would fail to be an adequate replacement.

1 comment:

J said...

Edit: Polish police have recovered the sign!
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/091221/world/international_us_poland_auschwitz