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Photographer revisits site of Holocaust for exhibition

By Staff Reporter

An exhibition by a Co Down man that reveals the unspeakable cruelty of the Nazi death camps will open in the New Year.

The work of photographer David J Campbell from Bangor will be shown at North Down Museum.

Named Auschwitz... Recaptured, his 44 black and white photos will be exhibited in January.

Self-taught Mr Campbell (37), who works in retail in Crawfordsburn, took the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau while on a holiday in Krakow in September to capture the horror of what had once gone on there.

"I had read all about Auschwitz in history at school and all about the Second World War," he said.

"I deliberately shot the pictures away from me as if I was the eyes of one of those captive; I wanted to show the things they could see and try to betray what they might be thinking.

"There were people everywhere and I wanted to show the irony and contrast of how tourists were queueing to get into Block 11, which was synonymous with torture and death, yet years ago many thousands queued there too but they were not there through choice."

The exhibition of Auschwitz... Recaptured will open on January 9 at 7pm and runs until February 4.

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