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The Last Photos Of A 14-Year-Old Polish Girl In Auschwitz Get Colorized, And It Looks Haunting

Published 3 years ago

Digital artist Marina Amaral is known for colorizing historic photos. This time she has chosen a 14-year-old Polish prisoner in Auschwitz Czeslawa Kwoka to visually emphasize her tragic past.

“It was very hard to stare at her face for so many minutes knowing what happened to her,” Amaral told Bored Panda. “I wanted to give Czeslawa the opportunity to tell her story, which is [also] the story of so many other victims. It is much easier to relate to these people once we see them in color. We understand what she and millions of others went through better once we see her bruises, the cut on her lip and the red blood on her face. The Holocaust did not begin with the mass killings. It began with the rhetoric of hate.”

These images were originally taken by Wilhelm Brasse, also known as the “famous photographer of Auschwitz concentration camp.”

“I distinctly remember [the] picture of this particular girl inmate,” he said in an interview. “It’s because she looked so young, so disarmingly girlish.” When she arrived at the camp, she couldn’t understand what was being said to her. “So this woman Kapo (a prisoner overseer) took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing. Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn’t interfere. It would have been fatal for me.”

Czeslawa was one of the “approximately 230,000 children and young people aged less than eighteen” among the 1,300,000 people who were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from 1940 to 1945. She was transported from Zamosc, Poland, to Auschwitz, on 13 December 1942. On 12 March 1943, Czeslawa Kwoka died at the age of 14; the circumstances of her death were not recorded.

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Czeslawa Kwoka was a 14-year-old Polish prisoner in Auschwitz – the infamous Nazi death camp

Image credits: Marina Amaral

A digital artist Marina Amaral has decided to colorize Czeslawa’s last pictures

Image credits: Marina Amaral

These images were taken by Wilhelm Brasse, the “famous photographer of Auschwitz concentration camp”

Image credits: Marina Amaral

Czesława was sat in front of the camera mere minutes after she was beaten by a female prison guard

Image credits: Marina Amaral

“She cried but she could do nothing. Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip”

Image credits: Marina Amaral

With fresh blood still on her face, the last images ever taken of Czesława Kwoka showe the tragic past of people suffering in Auschwitz

Image credits: Marina Amaral

There are plenty more historic photos colorized by Marina Amaral, like the Burning Monk

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A Victim Of American Bombing

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English Orphan In London, 1945

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A French Boy Introduces Himself To Indian Soldiers

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Abraham Lincoln

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Airmail Pilot

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Broad Street, New York

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Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley And Lisa Marie

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Three French Boys Looking At A Knocked-out German Panther Tank

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John And Jacqueline Kennedy

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Inmates At Wobbelin Concentration Camp

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Migrant Mother

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Medics From The Us 5th And 6th Engineer Special Brigade

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Grigori Rasputin

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Polish Refugees

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Winston Churchill

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