The Last Photos Of A 14-Year-Old Polish Girl In Auschwitz Get Colorized, And They’ll Break Your Heart

Digital artist Marina Amaral specializes in photo colorization and recently updated the last images of a 14-year-old Polish prisoner in Auschwitz. Breathing life into the black-and-white pictures, Amaral managed to visually emphasize the tragic past of Czeslawa Kwoka.


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.

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Czesława Kwoka was 14 when she was sent to Auschwitz – the infamous Nazi death camp

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Digital Colorist Marina Amaral decided to bring this heartbreaking moment back to life in color

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The original photos were taken by another inmate in the camp as part of the project to ‘document’ those taken to the death camp

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

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“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”

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With fresh blood still on her face, the last images ever taken of Czesława Kwoka are a stark reminder of the attrocities that happened there

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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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Drink Dr. Pepper

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Winston Churchill

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The Last Photos Of A 14-Year-Old Polish Girl In Auschwitz Get Colorized, And They’ll Break Your Heart

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