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Auschwitz unveils Israeli work

Artist Michal Rovner has created a display of works made by children during the Holocaust

The gate at Auschwitz

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in Poland today to open “Shoah” in Block 27 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. For the new permanent exhibition, the Israeli-born artist Michal Rovner has created a display of drawings and paintings made by children during the Holocaust. Video installations by the artist, who is represented by the Pace gallery (2.0/B20), were a high point of the Venice Biennale when they featured in the Israeli pavilion in 2003. “‘Shoah’ places the [mass] murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau in the larger context of the Nazis’ systematic attempt to exterminate the Jewish people,” says Avner Shalev, the chairman of Yad Vashem, which has organised the exhibition. The new exhibition replaces displays that date from the 1960s.

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