I do not have a personal legend. From a time perspective I see that I had been gradually absorbed by this subject matter. My interest in the Holocaust began with my first conscious reading choices, sometime in late primary school: Seweryna Szmaglewska, Zofia Nałkowska, Hanna Krall. The fascination was a bitter one. I returned to this topic ten years later through new fascinations, this time approaching it from the artistic perspective: Artur Żmijewski, Wojciech Wilczyk and Zuzanna Janicka. Upon my return from university studies back to Ostrowiec I was seeing my hometown with new eyes. I told myself that by traveling back in time and learning local history I will feel more “at home”. It was then that I realized that Jews had been almost completely erased from the town’s official history. And furthermore – that the Shoah also happened in my hometown and yet I know nothing about it. This discovery that made a profound impact on me; I started scouring local attics and human memory to learn about history, believing I need to share my findings with others.
I live and work in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski. I am a photographer, art historian and curator.