Chleb wolnościowy – comic book about Majdanek prisoners
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the State Museum at Majdanek published a comic book based on accounts by the former prisoners of the German Nazi concentration camp. It was created by Paweł Piechnik, the artist who presented a collection of graphic stories about the fate of eleven prisoners of Konzentrationslager Lublin in the comic book "Chleb wolnościowy."
The author used fragments of memories from the books entitled Niebo bez ptaków by Danuta Brzosko-Mędryk, Pole śmierci by Andrzej Stanisławski. He used also the book entitled Majdanek. Obóz koncentracyjny w relacjach więźniów i świadków written by Marta Grudzińska and accounts of Jolanta Nowakowska-Korzeniewska who was detained at Majdanek as a child. The comic book comes with: short historical afterword, dictionary of terms and biographical entries of prisoners whose stories were fundamental for the whole storytelling.
The premiere of the comic book is planned for the 11th of May 2019 within the framework of Lublin Comic Book Meeting in the H. Łopaciński City Public Library in Lublin [Lubelskie Spotkania z Komiksem w Miejskiej Bibliotece Publicznej im. H. Łopacińskiego w Lublinie] (Peowiaków 12, admission free). At 1:00 p.m. there will be a meeting with the author, followed directly at 2:00 p.m. by comic workshops led by Paweł Piechnik (registration available by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone – 81 710 28 33).
Please be also invited to other events accompanying publishing the comic book:
Open-air exhibition entitled Chleb wolnościowy. 15 panels from the comic book will be found in the Lublin city space. Exhibition will be available from 26th April to 25th May 2019. To the exhibition will be enclosed a free map with locations of the panels, available in the Museum and in selected cultural institutions. More info at: http://www.majdanek.eu/pl/exhibitions/chleb_wolnosciowy__otwarcie_wystawy_26_kwietnia_2019/25
Guided walks focused on open-air exhibition entitled Chleb wolnościowy. The event takes place due to Lublin Season [Sezon Lublin]. More info at: http://www.majdanek.eu/pl/news/sezon_lublin_2019/1043
Comic workshops titled Chleb wolnościowy. Workshops will be led on the 10th of May 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by the author of the comic book, Paweł Piechnik. The meeting will begin with presentation of the origins of the scenario and particular publication work stages. Practical part will be based on art class, during which its participants are going to learn how to prepare comic storyboard and to learn the basics of sketch artist workshop.
Promotional meetings will take place within the framework of the greatest comic book events in Poland, e.g.: Pyrkon [Multigenre Fan Convention Pyrkon], Warsaw Comics Festival [Komiksowa Warszawa], International Festival of Comics and Games in Łódź and Falkon [Polish National Festival of Fantasy Fans].
Phrase “chleb wolnościowy” [literally: bread of liberty] was used by people imprisoned in concentration camps during the Second World War. It meant a bread baked outside the camp and was clearly associated with homesickness. “Chleb wolnościowy” was and is today a value, which indicates various forms of human attitudes and behaviour presented in three parts of the comic book: On Hunger, On Death and On Freedom. The broadly understood hope for freedom was the factor, which united fellow prisoners and gave them strength to fight every day for a living.
Paweł Piechnik – graduated from the Poznań Univeristy of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, and the University of Fine Arts in Poznań. Since 2005, a professional comic book artist, illustrator and co-maker of animated films. Author of films for computer games and murals. In 2012 he was granted Grand Prix for his work Link in the international contest for a short comic book at the International Festival of Comics and Games in Łódź. More info at pawelpiechnik.com.