"... a rendering of honor to all those who have vanished in ashes."
Marian KoƂodziej, 432

About Me

A Documentary Short (RT 37:00) Memory, art and hell collide as an Auschwitz survivor finally confronts the horrors of his past after 50 years of silence. Marian Kolodziej was on one of the first transports to enter Auschwitz. He never spoke of his experience until after a serious stroke in 1993. He began physical rehabilitation by doing pen and ink drawings depicting his memories of the horrific experience. Marian's drawings and art installations, which he called The Labyrinth, fill the large basement of a church near Auschwitz. Through the blending of his testimony and graphic drawings, we explore the memories and nightmares that were buried for years. Marian's story of survival and persistence, of life before, during, and after Auschwitz are a testament to the human spirit. This documentary is eyewitness testimony that is unique in the annals of documenting the Holocaust. Marian is a Polish Catholic, who used his drawings to give testimony to the horrors of Auschwitz and whose body of work provides a testament to suffering and inhumanity. And yet, It is a story of survival, and human resilience.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2011 Festival and Screening Update

Two screenings and four festivals in the next month for The Labyrinth, and one more Official Selection.
Exact dates and times for the festivals coming soon.

January 27 - February 6, 2011

February 17-20, 2011

February 25-27, 2011

February 17-26, 2011

May 12-21, 2011

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Some wonderful testimonials about the film.

“The Labyrinth is a haunting story, a ‘must see’ for people of all faiths… who wish to understand man's resilience and ability to survive in the face of unspeakable horrors. It is an affirmation of the triumph of the human spirit." 
-- Martin Sheen

“This film does an enormous service to the world… by bringing the important work of Marian Kolodziej out of the basement of a church near Auschwitz. The documentary allows us to bear witness to the unspeakable horrors he endured, and to marvel at the intensity and depth of greatness of his artistry. 
-- Ellen Burstyn

“A haunting examination of the essence of goodness…
Jason Schmidt’s compelling film turns a collection of Holocaust art into a journey into the memory and mind of a Polish non-Jew who was one of the first to be sent to Auschwitz, and who did not speak of his experiences until after a stroke late in life. Schmidt’s script, perfectly accompanied by a score that accents rather than overpowers, turns the words of (artist) Marian Kolodziej into a haunting examination of the essence of goodness. The videography does what the eye of a museum visitor does not: it focuses on each part of a work separately and sequentially, rather than taking it all in at one time. The viewer must therefore confront all of it – the dark symbolism, the horror, and particularly the eyes of countless victims…”
-- Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
     The Simon Wiesenthal Center 
     Los Angeles, CA

“An important first person testimonial to the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis… Its message is all the more crucial as the last survivors of Auschwitz are inexorably leaving the stage of history and with them their legacy of courage and faith. Marian Kolodziej kept silent about his years in Auschwitz, until he took pen in hand, and began drawing his experiences as part of his rehabilitation from a stroke. The results are at the core of this unique film—revealing memories that have been sharpened by time and experience, rather than dulled, and will serve as a bridge between generations.” 
-- Rabbi Abraham Cooper
     Associate Dean
     The Simon Wiesenthal Center 
     Los Angeles, CA