Digital artist Marina Amaral has been colorizing historic photos for three years and recently updated the last images of a 14-year-old Polish prisoner in Auschwitz.
Originally, the images were taken by Wilhelm Brasse, better 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. (Source)
Sweet girl. I am so sorry.