The following video is part of an ongoing series of Holocaust survivors entitled Ben His Tattoo and Other Stories. While each distinct story of survival is both incredible and unimaginable, the persons in this short film pass on a collective narrative, which remains as a testimony to the chaos and devastation experienced by millions during the Second World War.
I began the project as an attempt to address the gripping and powerful effect the subject has continually had on me. Aware from an early age about the scope of the Holocaust, I found myself seeking out as much information I could find on the subject- particularly photographs. Each time I read about or saw an image, I felt further and indelibly engrossed and bewildered. At present these feelings still remain.
In my pursuit of tracking down survivors, I have been both haunted and moved. Using the camera and making portraits and audio recordings, most often in their homes, I seek to encapsulate a sense of time and the inclusive emotions of it - an awareness that mingles between the past yet subsists within the present day. For virtually all Holocaust survivors early development was infiltrated with prejudice, war and genocidal barbarism. Now in the later stages of life, their stories of survival are buried deep in their eyes and ears, in their memories and hearts.
This series does not attempt to cover even a fraction of those who survived; it exists as a form of remembrance for all who have been persecuted, dead and living. Additionally, it is my hope that book will generate consciousness and confirm the capabilities of hatred and the severity of war - going on right now. May the events illustrated in this body of work be something never forgotten.