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Homage to Natan Bibrowski


60 x 45 cm (h x w)

acrylic on paper

Natan Bibrowski was born on November 2nd, 1925. In 1942, he died in Auschwitz as a result of the mistreatment and suffering inflicted upon him by the Nazis. Together with his brother, Natan received an "Arbeits Einsatzbefehl" - a letter ordering him to report to the Dossin barracks under the guise of going to work. Natan and his brother David obeyed the German order and reported to the Dossin barracks in Mechelen. They were then deported on the first transport.


On August 4th, 1942, the two brothers were sent on the same train, but were not in the same carriage. Their names on the transport lists are the last trace that was found of them. Once they arrived in Auschwitz, it is unclear what happened to them after the selection process. There is no record of their deaths or any registration forms for the two brothers. It is not known if they were used as forced labor in the camp or were immediately taken to the gas chambers at Birkenau upon arrival. Natan was 16 years old when they arrived at Auschwitz and was old enough to be used as forced labor in the concentration camp or in one of the nearby satellite camps. However, there is no surviving record of this as many documents were destroyed by the Nazis before the evacuation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

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