Even though I knew there was no chance to take these sketches out of Auschwitz, I drew whenever possible…. My commitment to drawing came out of a deep instinct for self-preservation and undoubtedly helped me to deny the unimaginable horrors of life at that time. By taking the role of observer, I could at least for a few moments detach myself from what was going on in Auschwitz and was therefore better able to hold together the threads of sanity.
Create like your life depended on it. Write the words you type, the art you create as if they may be your last. This notion is viscerally examined in Northwestern University’s exhibition: Last Expression: Art from Auschwitz: