The Last Photo in Color From A Girl In Auschwitz
Digital artist Marina Amaral has been reviving historical photos for three years, and has recently released her latest work – the latest photos of 14-year-old Polish woman Czysławka Kwoka, a prisoner at Auschwitz. Marina managed to breathe life on the black and white photograph and further emphasized the tragic fate of Czeslaw.
“It’s hard to see her for a long time if you know what happened to her. I wanted to give Czeslaw the opportunity to tell her story, which is at the same time the fate of many victims beside her, “says Marina.
“It’s easy to identify with someone when you see him in color. We understand what she and other prisoners have gone through when we see the scars and blood on their face. The Holocaust did not begin immediately with mass killings. It started with the rhetoric of hatred, “she says.
The original photographs were made by Wilhelm Brace, known as the “Photographer of the Auschwitz concentration camp”.
“I well remember the creation of this photo. It looked so helpless and childish. When she arrived at the camp, she did not understand what she was talking about. Therefore, the prison guards took the trunk and beat her. So nice, young and honest little girl. She cried, but she could not do anything. Before I took the picture, the girl wiped her tears and blood from the cut-out mouth. To tell you frankly, I felt like they beat me, but I was not allowed to interfere. It would have been a fatal outcome for me, “said the late photographer Wilhelm.
Czeslaw was one of “approximately 230,000 children and young people under 18 years old”, out of a total of 1,300,000 people who ended up in Auschwitz from 1940 to 1945. On March 12, 1943, Czesława died in her 14th year, under unknown circumstances.
See the last color photo of the girl at the link below.