Permanent Exhibit




Permanent Exhibit is another short story in my intended collection and is now on Something to Look Forward To page This story is based on my response to seeing the photograph above in a permanent exhibition at The Wansee Villa in Berlin. This is where the Final Solution plans were drawn up and the exhibition documents this and the consequences of the Nazis determination to massacre the Jews. This photograph had and still has a profound effect on me and looking at the image today I was in two minds as to whether it was legitimate to base a story on it and whether I should or shouldn’t publish the photograph. At the moment both are limited to this blog. I don’t know who this woman was and I can only assume that she was murdered by the Nazis and probably very soon after this photograph was taken. I don’t feel that I have a prurient interest in the image. I feel it strikes at a fundamental part of my humanity which is how can I continue with my life when this woman was murdered, when I did nothing and do nothing to help her, to save her or the others like her. In my fantasy I go into the image and rescue her and we love each other and have a long and happy life. In reality I look at her and I know that I and all others failed her that if I fail to live my life to the full, that if I lie or cheat or prevaricate I am failing her again. I am not a courageous man and I am not a doctor or aid worker but that shouldn’t allow me to ignore what occurs around me and what occurs should effect me, cause me to question how I live my life, to measure my actions in terms of whether I contribute to the cruelty and indifference of the world. I don’t know if she would have wanted her photograph to appear. I think she would not have wanted to be forgotten as if she had never existed. I hope that she would have wanted her beauty to be seen and to have been aware of the compassion of others. I think she would have been filled with rage and despair and I think how bizarrely privileged my life is and how little I give back.

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