"Todeskopf" by Hunter Madsen



For me, the single most striking aspect of what remains of the camp structures and its aesthetics is the Nazi's assiduous elimination of all gestures that might impart any hint of liveliness, beauty, or joy, that might possibly undercut the place's pitiless nihilism. Take this grim warning sign: is it just my imagination, or has the normal "grinning" appearance of the teeth and jaw on a human skull been revised by the designer of this unjolly roger so as to erase any trace of a smile?



TITLE - "Todeskopf" 
WHERE - This skull-and-bones sign warned of electrified fencing and the "zone of death" - where prisoners would be shot on sight - surrounding the camp's interior perimeter.  Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Oranienburg, Germany (2015)