Auschwitz/Birkenau – About Alan Jacobs



 About the author

Alan Jacobs has been to Auschwitz and Birkenau many times. During those visits, he interviewed numerous survivors and took many photographs of the camps. He also spent many hours viewing artifacts, art and photographs stored at the Auschwitz Museum Archives. He made a film using the words and art of survivors and SS photos. Although still a work in progress, it has been shown in universities, professional conferences, cultural centers etc. There have been several shows of Jacobs Auschwitz photographs, some of which can now be seen on the Internet:

Virtual Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, shown at the Cybrary of the Holocaust

Interactive map and photographs of Birkenau,

Photographs of Birkenau, shown at the Art Gallery of IDEA, a Journal of Social Issues.

Also Jacobs has had several articles published on the structure of dictatorship and for some of this work he received the 1996 Eric Berne Memorial Award for social applications of theory. He wrote about autocratic power, nationalism, aspects of survival, and explanations of why people commit mass murder and genocide.

Jacobs is the editor of Idea, an e-journal of articles, stories and reviews dedicated to discussion and exploration of cults, totalism, autocracy, war, holocaust and genocide.

Also a psychotherapist and trainer, Jacobs has has conducted workshops for professional therapists in the USA and abroad.

This photograph was taken in 1996 at the base of the infamous staircase into the rock quarry at the former Nazi concentration camp, Mauthausen.

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Alan Jacobs passed away in 2022. We miss him dearly at

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