Film Screening: "The Labyrinth — The Testimony of Marian Kołodziej"

October 24, 2011

In 1940, Marian Kołodziej arrived in Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  Kołodziej, a Catholic Pole, was inmate #420 in the camp. Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, he survived but never spoke of his experiences.  In 1993, Kołodziej suffered a stroke and began drawing detailed illustrations of his time in Auschwitz.  These works have been gathered and are now part of an installation called “The Labyrinth” in the basement of a church near the camp.

This film explores the art installation and includes the artist’s discussion of his images.  Ron Schmidt, S.J., who produced the film, will attend the screening and answer questions after the screening.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jeff Blutinger: 562.985.2196 or

Sponsors: The Jewish Studies Program, the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, Beach Hillel, and the History Graduate Students Association