"Window Lever, Camp Clinic" by Hunter Madsen

"Window Lever, Camp Clinic"


As already remarked, a visit to Sachsenhausen reveals with what rigorous thoroughness its designers stripped the camp's buildings and grounds of any semblance of beauty, of any visual gestures from which prisoners might draw uplift or that might spark hopeful recollection among both victims and tormentors of a refined civility beyond the camp walls.  

I could locate only one tiny glint of grace: the quietly elegant, almost arts-and-crafts-like design of the window levers in the otherwise horrific camp clinic. In hindsight, would it be pushing it to point out that the latch resembles a noose?

TITLE - "Window Lever, Camp Clinic"
WHERE - Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Oranienburg, Germany (2015)