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A Final Farewell

In 1993 Universal Studios released a film that was to change my whole outlook on the Holocaust. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and was called "Schindler's List." Filmed almost entirely in black and white, it told the true story of the German industrialist Oskar Schindler and how he saved 1100 Jews during the dark days of the Holocaust. Since watching that film, I have always wanted to build a diorama dedicated to the millions of innocent people who lost there lives not for what they did but for who they were.

When the film was released it was at the beginning of my modelling career and although I felt it was a project I wanted to attempt, it was not until about 2 years ago that I felt I had reached a high enough skill level where I would be able to do it the justice it deserved.

I, like most model makers, try to do some research on the subject I am building and this was no exception. I can honestly say it was the hardest project I have had to research. This was not due to the unavailability of material but rather the distasteful content and hideous story it revealed. I do not claim to be an expert on the subject but I would like to share some of the history and my findings regarding "Shoah" or the Holocaust. Please take a minute or two to read this history so you can better appreciate the context and experience portrayed in this diorama.

>> A Brief History of the Holocaust

I am offering to donate this diorama to a reputable Holocaust museum. The recipient will only be required to arrange and pay for shipping the diorama.

Curators of legitimate museums or Holocaust memorials are welcome to .
  • Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)
  • The Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)
  • The Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)

About the Author

About Keith Forsyth (docdios)
FROM: ENGLAND - WEST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM

Keith Forsyth (docdios) comes from the small town of Stafford in the United Kingdom. He began his interest in modeling at an early age with armor being the main focus. It was not until finding himself between jobs in 1995 that he really got hooked. It was during a shopping visit to another town when...


Comments

This is one of the subjects in human history that shoul'dn't be forgotten, how painfull it may be. Keith, you did an outstanding job on this dio, and I mean that in two different ways: 1. The true craftsmansship, with which you made this beautifull diorama. 2. The atmosphere captured in the dio, one can allmost feel, and touch the immense pain and sorrow these people are suffering. This is truly one of the best executed dioramas I have seen. Congrats, John.
JAN 11, 2005 - 06:39 AM
Such a well done piece. I believe I have seen this one before on his website. I did a similar "subject matter" piece which was reviewed elsewhere on this forum (Warsaw Uprising- "The Sewer"). While most liked the work and felt comfortable with the subject matter, there were a few who were a bit vocal in depicting anything relating to the persecution of the Jews. I feel to a great extent it is impossible to ignore what they went through.... it was a compelling reason for the war, and the ultimate justification of the overthrow of Hitler's Nazi regime. Keith- I am most interested in you freight cars... I'll email you privately to discuss. Again - wonderful work!
JAN 14, 2005 - 05:26 AM
I'm pleased to see this on display again. This is an outstanding dio, covering a historical event of such importance that it should never be forgotten nor ever allowed to happen again. Unfrtunately, there has been mass murder and genocide since, in other countries by other dictators and despots. Masterfully executed it shows how the trick of resettlement was implimented by a truely evil regime, what's harder to protray is the collusion often found in the occupied countries by those taken in by Nazi propaganda. The seeds of this evil were sown much earlier in German East Africa, where theories of inferior races were being tested and implimented, compounded by support from a large range of 'academics' who by and large were highly thought of at the time. Just goes to show, be very careful who you listen to and believe, the justification for such horrors is often portrayed in the most logical of terms. Al
JUL 30, 2007 - 09:12 PM
Keith I remeber talkin to you about how amazing this is! I was wondering if you had found a home for it yet? Martyn
JAN 30, 2009 - 08:53 AM
keith amazing dio, words cannot do it justice. Ant
JAN 30, 2009 - 09:23 AM
A wonderful masterpiece full of detail but done tactfully ,well done it's good to see something that gets overlooked due to the nature of the subject content but like Keith has shown if it's done right you can still tell a story but without intentionally upsetting anyone
JAN 30, 2009 - 09:28 AM
Very well done and thought provoking. History keeps repeating itself because we never remember and learn from it. I knew a man who had been in a concentration camp when I was little. I've wondered if I could pull something like this off someday. I hope it never happens again to anyone.
JAN 30, 2009 - 10:24 AM
This was one of the first dioramas I remember seeing prior to joining the Kitmaker Net. You have re-created a very sad yet powerful scene, Keith. I want to know where you found all those civilian figures! Chas
JAN 30, 2009 - 07:00 PM
Kieth its looks stunning mate! Holocuast memorial day has just gone. If any of you have managed to see the IWM Holocaust museum you will see some stunnnig exhibitions. There is a scail model of auschwitz and its huge it really gives off the scale of how big it was and how many people were victims of the final solutions. Also I had the great honur if meeting Freddie Knoller a holocaust survivour who survived Auschwitz
JAN 30, 2009 - 10:24 PM
Jim, Thanks for making this dio available again. It still knots my insides to see it and remember those who suffered from an evil of mans making. To deny the fact that it happened will dam us to repeat history, just look at the news. A very articulated piece well played out in 3-D. As diorama makers, we tell a story, whether it is a story we enjoy or not. It is impossible to seperate yourself from the events that took place as you referance and build a story as this. As the movie left a mark on Kieth, the events have marked us all. When I see something like this, it makes me more determind to never let it happen again nor loose the histoical facts to the age of time. Contoversy? The only controvery I see is from those who would deny the holocost, or those people who want to live in their comfortable cozy live's that could not be bothered. God bless every man, woman and child that passed from the horrors of evil and thank you to all who stood their ground to destroy it. this evilness.
JAN 31, 2009 - 03:15 AM