U.K. Teen Recreates Holocaust Using Lego

John Denno used standard Lego pieces to build a series of models illustrating key moments in the history of Nazi Germany.

Hitler is appointed Chancellor in 1933.
Hitler is appointed Chancellor in 1933.Credit: Fithboy flickr

A 16-year-old teen from Liverpool, in the United Kingdom, has created a history project that tells the story of World War II and the Holocaust using Lego building blocks, according to Pixable website.

"I chose Lego because that is what I'm good at," said John Denno about his project. "I can't draw for the life of me so I thought this would be an interesting way to present the project."

Denno's project is a series of dioramas (3D models) illustrating key events in the Third Reich between 1933 and 1945.

All the Lego pieces Denno used were from standard sets. The only customization he did was Hitler's signature mustache, which he drew with a marker.

The first concentration camp is opened, March 1933

Other characters were made by mixing and matching Lego pieces. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, for example, was created using pieces from Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon, Star Wars' Chancellor Palpatine and Luke Skywalker. "The biggest thing I realized... is just how long the persecution went on," Denno said. "From 1933, Jews slowly lost all their rights until they were being murdered in the thousands."

The Holocaust may have been new to Denno, but he has been building elaborate Lego models all his life. Some of his creations, including scenes from Star Wars and the last days of Jesus, can be viewed on his flickr account.

Kristallnacht, November 1938

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