Solace in sculpture: the Holocaust survivor overcoming trauma through art

In a Parisian studio, some of the works of 92-year-old sculptor Shelomo Selinger offer a glimpse into the time he spent in Nazi concentration camps, "but everything else is an ode to life," he says, because "I love the human being and I believe in Man."

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SHELOMO SELINGER: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Nature helped me forget so that I could rebuild myself and my memory started coming back, I started to sculpt. Art has become the medium that allows me to live and has given my entire life meaning. A small part of my art testifies to my time in that Nazi hell but all the rest is an ode to life because I love life. I love human beings and I believe in

I sculpted a little man out of tree bark. She found it so beautiful that, at that time, I was living in a kibbutz, I went back to my kibbutz, took a mirror, a small tree trunk, and after some time I brought her my wooded self-portrait, and I haven't stopped sculpting since.

I hope that my stonework, my woodwork, my sculptures can be there to warn mankind, that man should keep his humanity and not become an enemy of mankind.