“…I still have so much to do...” – online educational session devoted to Jerzy Adam Brandhuber
“…I still have so much to do...” is the title of online educational session by the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust to be held on 17 June. It is going to be devoted to Jerzy Adam Brandhuber – painter, prisoner of the German Auschwitz camp and one of the first staff members at the Auschwitz Memorial. This year marks 40th anniversary of his passing away.
The session is going to be held via the Zoom platform with simultaneous interpretation into English.
Agenda (GMT+2) :
4.00 p.m. – Session inauguration – Andrzej Kacorzyk, Director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust
4.05 p.m. – “…I still have so much to do...” – memories panel with the participation of Anna Odi, Dr. Franciszek Piper, and Christoph Heubner. Chairing: Teresa Wontor-Cichy, Auschwitz Museum Research Center
4:50 p.m. – break
5.00 p.m. – Presentation: works by Jerzy Adam Brandhuber within Memorial Collections, Agnieszka Sieradzka, the Collections Department
5.30 p.m. – “The images of Auschwitz by Jerzy Adam Brandhuber”
Interview by Jadwiga Pinderska-Lech with Professor Andrzej Linert, author of the book about Jerzy Adam Brandhuber.
6.00 p.m. – end of the session
Session agenda includes 3 teaching hours. The participation is free of charge. Please submit your applications via the online form by 15 June 2021. After this day, you are going to receive an e-mail including the link to the meeting platform.
Dr. Maria Martyniak
Jerzy Adam Brandhuber was born on 23 October 1897 in Cracow, where he studied at the Jagiellonian University and the Academy of Fine Arts.
In the years 1925-1939 he worked as a teacher in Jasło. In this period he would paint and draw a lot. The most tragic period of his life is the German occupation, when he was arrested and deported to KL Auschwitz on 14 January 1943. The reason for his incarceration in the camp was his membership in the Union of Armed Struggle of the Home Army (ZWZ/AK) and providing the Jews with aid. In October 1944 he was transported to KL Sachsenhausen where he lived to see the liberation on 3 May 1945.
He came back to Cracow in 1946 and a year later began his work as a custodian of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum established in 1947. He worked as Head of the Research Department and got involved in historical studies.
He was a painter who left a great legacy. Apart from the subjects connected with his tragic wartime experiences, he used to paint still life, flowers and the portraits of people surrounding him. For many years he was also preserving the memory of tragic camp reality working as the Head of the Research Department at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and getting involved in historical studies. He died on 19 June 1981.