ALBUM KARLA HÖCKERA is a documentary theatre project exploring the recently discovered (2006) album of photographs of the Auschwitz concentration camp that belonged to an SS officer named Karl Höcker. The photos in the album depict the daily life, formal functions, and leisure time of the senior SS officers and staff of the camp. The piece is directed by Paul Bargetto with texts by Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk performed by Marta Król, Grzegorz Sierzputowski, Tomasz Sobczak, Krzysiek Polkowski, Julia Trembecka, and Helena Chorzelska with production design by Agnieszka Kaczynska. Album Karla Höckera has been presented fifty times across Poland including the Malta Festival, Confrontations Festival, Sopot Non-Fiction Festival, Pociag do Miasta festival Gdynia, Teatr Polska, and Polin The Museum of the Polish Jews in Warsaw. Internationally, it has been presented the 2016 Tianjin Caoyu Festival in Tianjin and Harbin, China, the 2016 Chantiers D’ Europe Festival in Paris, France , the 2017 Festival de Liege , the 2017 theaterszene Europa Festival in Koln, Germany, and the JW3 Jewish Community Center in London.

The performance was developed at the Sopot Non-Fiction Festival in 2014 followed by an intensive research and rehearsal process as part of Centrum Kultury Bemowo‘s residency program with the generous financial support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Album Karla Höckera is a documentary theatre project based on the private photo album of the Auschwitz concentration camp Adjutant Karl Höcker. The project is an attempt to understand the historical catastrophe of Auschwitz from the largely unexamined perspective of the perpetrators. Using documentary theatre techniques, improvisation, research and scripted drama, the performance explores the all-too-human men and women who carried out the final solution.

Album Karl Hocker is an attempt to understand the historical catastrophe of Auschwitz from the largely unexamined perspective of the perpetrators. Using documentary theatre techniques, improvisation, research and scripted drama, the piece explores the all-too-human men and women who carried out the final solution. By reanimating the photographs, the audience is invited to bear witness to the ordinary daily lives of the workers, managers, and executives who ran the Auschwitz death factory. The piece challenges traditional narratives and assumptions about the executioners of the Holocaust, unmasking the monsters of popular imagination, to reveal the ordinary and familiar face of human tragedy.

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