At The Edge Of Tears: Photos of a 14-year-old girl beaten in Auschwitz

Photos of children of war remain only a difficult reminder of brutal injustice, like this photo of a frightened 14-year-old girl beaten up in a Nazi camp …

Auschwitz is far behind us, but photos of a 14-year-old girl locked in a Nazi camp taken after the female guard beat here face with a stick, photos which still after 75 years continue to remind the torture of the victims of the infamous World War II.


Polish girl Czesława Kwoka, 14, died in 1943 after three months in Auschwitz. In order to create space for the German colony built by the Nazis, many were deported as well as Kwoka along with her mother from her house in southeastern Poland

Upon her arrival in Auschwitz, she had number 26947 tattooed on her shoulder before she was wildly beaten by a female prison guard because she did not understand the orders she was receiving to in German.

They considered her “political prisoner”, and her categorization can be seen in her closed uniform with a red triangle with “P”.


Victim: Czesława Kwoka, 14, presented in Auschwitz at the edge of tears with wounds on her face.

Prisoner Wilhelm Brasse, witness who died in 2012, later found that the guards beat 14-year-old Kwok over 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.’


Kwoka died in March 1943, only three months after she arrived in Auschwitz, a few weeks after her mother Katarzyna.

Her portrait was featured at the State Museum in Auschwitz-Birkenau.


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