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Józef Szajna

Modern sculpture "Ladders to Heaven" at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko

Józef Szajna (Polish pronunciation: ; b. March 13, 1922 in Rzeszów, Poland, d. June 24, 2008 in Warsaw) was a Polish set designer, director, play writer, theoretician of the theatre, painter and graphic artist.

During the Second World War and occupation of Poland, Szajna was a prisoner of the German concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

See also

Further reading

  • Archives and art collection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim.
  • Bodek, Andrzej, ed. Reminiszenzen: ein Environment von Prof. Jósef Szajna: zum 50. Jahrestag der Befreiung von Auschwitz-Birkenau. Frankfurt am Main, 1995.
  • Archives and art collection at the Buchenwald Memorial Museum, Weimar.
  • Madeyski, Jerzy and Andrzej Zurowski. Józef Szajna: plastyka, teatr. Warsaw, 1992.
  • Milton, Sybil and Janet Blatter. Art of the Holocaust. New York, 1981.
  • Sybil Milton interviews and conversations with Józef Szajna at Warsaw 1980 and 1995,
  • Auschwitz 1988, and Venice 1990.
  • Oleksy, Krystyna, ed. Swiat Józefa Szajny. Oświęcim, 1995.
  • Józef Szajna: Appell: Geschichtszeichen und Kunstwerk in der Dauerausstellung zur
  • Geschichte des Konzentrationslagers Buchenwald. Weimar, 1995.
  • Szajna, Józef. "Replika - Erinnerungen: Künstleriche Protest-Aktion gegen den Terror," and "Gespräch zwischen Detlef Hoffmann und Józef Szajna," in Detlef Hoffmann and Karl Ermert, eds. Kunst und Holocaust: Loccumer Protokolle, No. 14 (1990), 74-99.

External links

  • Information and pictures regarding the Józef Szajna's stay in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald Concentration Camps during WWII
  • Video interview with Józef Szajna Windows Media Version
  • Józef Szajna at
  • Biography of Józef Szajna at Polish Culture NYC
  • Józef Szajna's contribution to the webpages of a "Why Auschwitz? Why Kolyma? Why Kosovo?" competition organised by Znak, a Polish Christian Culture Foundation
  • Article occasioned by a December 2002 exhibition Jozef Szajna - Theater
  • Articles about Józef Szajna - Teatr im. Siemaszkowej in Rzeszów
  • ca. 1944-45 ca. 1944-45"The Roll Call Lasted Very Long ... My Feet Hurt Very Much",Art and Auschwitz - Józef Szajna's (in Spanish)


  • Works by Józef Szajna at Gallery Katarzyna Napiorkowska in Warsaw and Brussels

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