These haunting images of a 14-year-old Polish girl who was murdered by Nazis in Auschwitz in 1943, have come to life through the work of a Brazilian artist.
Czesława Kwoka was photographed by a fellow prisoner as part of a project by Auschwitz-Birkenau officials to ‘document’ those taken to the death camp, just moments after being beaten up by a female prison guard.
Now, 75 years later, artist Marina Amaral has painstakingly colourised Miss Kwoka’s portraits, down to the blood on her busted lip.
Victim: Czesława Kwoka, 14, is pictured in Auschwitz shortly after being beaten up by a prison guard because she did not understand orders being barked at her in German
Miss Kwoka was deported from her home in Zamość, southeastern Poland in December 1942, along with her mother, to make room for a German colony that the Nazis were building.
They were deemed ‘political prisoners’, and her categorization can be seen on her prisoner’s uniform which has a red triangle with a ‘P’.
The photographs show her on the verge of tears, her bottom lip sporting a cut.
Shortly before the photos were taken, she had been beaten up by a female prison guard for not understanding orders being barked at her in German.
Detained: Czesława Kwoka and her mother had been deported from their homes and taken to Auschwitz as the Nazis wanted to make room for a German ‘colony’
Murdered: The Polish teenager was categorised as a ‘political prisoner’ and died three months after arriving at Auschwitz, in March 1943
The man behind the lens, fellow prisoner Wilhelm Brasse, who died in 2012, later revealed that the guard had beaten Miss Kwoka across the face with a stick.
Speaking in a 2005 documentary, Mr Brasse said: ‘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.’
Miss Kwoka died in March 1943, just three months after arriving at Auschwitz, weeks after her mother Katarzyna.
Her portrait is on display at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.