source : Der Spiegel -


Found hidden away in a bottle, the Auschwitz Memorial Museum has published sketches drawn by a prisoner at the Birkenau extermination camp around 1943. They provide a rare first-hand glimpse of life and death inside. A former prisoner working as a watchman discovered the 32 sketches in a bottle near the death camp's crematorium in 1947. The book is part of the museum's plans to launch a catalogue of 6,000 artworks in its archives.

The Sketchbook from Auschwitz includes the 22 pages of drawings from an unknown prisoner whose initials were apparently MM. They represent a rare first-hand historical account of the Holocaust.,1518,809591,00.html

The Sketchbook from Auschwitz, preserved in the collections of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, is being published in its entirety for the first time. Former prisoner Józef Odi, who was then acting as a watchman on the grounds of the Memorial, found it at the site in 1947.
The 22 pages were stuffed inside a bottle concealed in the foundations of one of the barracks of the Birkenau camp, not far from the place where gas chambers and crematoria IV and V were located. Most of the sketches were in pencil; some of them were tinted with ink or colored pencil.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum 

Le Musée d'Auscwitz publie des dessins qui montrent la vieille Rampe, la sélection, les bâtiments de la mort, les Kapos, les punitions, les massacres... Ils ont été trouvés dans une bouteille près d'une des baraques de Birkenau en 1947.
(source Nicole, Cercle d’étude).

Auschwitz-Zeichnungen: Skizzen des Schreckens

Agnieszka Sieradzka: "The Sketchbook from Auschwitz"
Auschwitz-Birkenau - State Museum, Oswiecim 2011, 115 Seiten.