Marian Kołodziej, the artist who drew pictures of his memories from Auschwitz

Drawing pictures of his memories from Auschwitz became a sort of therapy for the former prisoner of the Nazi German death camp.

It took 12 years for Mr Kołodziej to create 200 drawings depicting his memories from the concentration camp. A characteristic motif repeated in his work is a figure representing himself as an old man carrying a younger version of himself from the past. This symbolises a life-long struggle of Mr Kołodziej with the past, said Father Piotr Cuber from the St. Maksymilian Centre.

Marian Kołodziej arrived in Auschwitz with the first transport of Polish political prisoners. He was forced to work gathering corpses into a pile, then throwing them into burning pits or taking them to the crematorium.

The unique exposition of over 200 of his works can be seen at the St. Maksymilian Centre in Harmęże near Auschwitz concentration camp.

The exhibition “Photographic Plates of Memory: Labyrinths by Marian Kołodziej,” presenting the works of the artist and organised by the Polish Institute in Budapest, has been opened in the capital of Hungary. It is available to visit until June 30 at Budapest's Platan Gallery. More on this on