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The Invisible Shoes of Stutthof Concentration Camp

n 2015, the poet-musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski made a strange discovery at the site of the former Stutthof concentration camp in Poland - something he calls "a carpet of abandoned shoes". But these were more than shoes: they're both artifacts and symbols of the Holocaust - as well as a flashpoint of nationalist denialism and historical amnesia - especially in the current climate of authoritarianism, and the rising ghosts of neo-fascism.
n 2015, the poet-musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski made a strange discovery at the site of the former Stutthof concentration camp in Poland - something he calls "a carpet of abandoned shoes". But these were more than shoes: they're both artifacts and symbols of the Holocaust - as well as a flashpoint of nationalist denialism and historical amnesia - especially in the current climate of authoritarianism, and the rising ghosts of neo-fascism. 54:00