I was recently shocked to read these words in The New York Times: "For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement.


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But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened — and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34.

Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around six million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. And 52 percent of Americans wrongly think Hitler came to power through force." 

I first started working on this project several years ago, using contemporary reference photographs to colorize and restore photographs from the Holocaust and I did publish them on my Facebook and on my blog, but now I'm realizing that that wasn't nearly enough and so I worked on them a bit more and I'm publishing them again here. It seems to me that colorized images will help people to better empathize with the victims of the Holocaust and I hope that any artist that is interested in working with me to colorize more images or even to improve the ones that I've colorized so far would please contact me. I am also interested in being contacted by anyone who could help me with this project in general. This project is not for profit but feel free to follow me on my Facebook, Instagram, Patreon or Youtube or check out my webpage.

Also, if you are going to be in Houston on May 19th please come and check out an art show of my large drawings at Gray Contemporary.

More info: joachimwest.com | Instagram | patreon.com | youtube.com

#1 Wedding Bands Found During The Liberation Of Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Wedding Bands Found During The Liberation Of Buchenwald Concentration Camp

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Brittney Stanford 6 months ago

this breaks my heart so much :'(

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#2 Colorized Photograph Of Anne Frank

Colorized Photograph Of Anne Frank

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Luke Barricks 6 months ago

Honestly, I love learning about the Holocaust. Ot is just an interesting topic for me, as I come from German decent. I don't think anyone should forget about it, and I think the people who say it didn't happen need to hit reality.

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#3 Colorized Photo Of A Catholic Girl - Czesława Kwoka - 1942-43

Colorized Photo Of A Catholic Girl - Czesława Kwoka - 1942-43

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Krystyna Chojnowska 6 months ago

Someone has said that black&white make characters/situations seem so far away. So colour make it more real, more current. Result is frightening.

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#4 Colorized Photograph From Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Colorized Photograph From Auschwitz Concentration Camp

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Sarah Kim 6 months ago

So thin and emaciated.

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#5 Colorized Photo From The Daschau Concentration Camp

Colorized Photo From The Daschau Concentration Camp

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Tmntgirl3 6 months ago

They were so thin, this is terrible!

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#6 Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

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Melon Universe 6 months ago

those glasses are strapped right to his face o_0

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#7 Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

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Honesty Olishia 6 months ago

She has such a beautiful face. Seeing something like this makes it seem like not so long ago.

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#8 Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

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PeachPossum 6 months ago

Bakery trucks bringing them bread in the ghetto. Language on the side is German, though Polish could be similar. I am so sad looking at this, their earnest faces filled with anger and worry, and the little girl in the background inexplicably happy about something.

#9 Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

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Danielle Ferris 6 months ago

So heavy to think about.

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#10 Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

Restored Color Photograph - Poland - 1939-40

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Tom Simmons 6 months ago

Too much black

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