The Last Photos Of A 14-Year-Old Polish Girl In Auschwitz Get Colorized, And They’ll Break Your Heart (23 Pics)

Have you ever heard of Marina Amaral? Well, if you have ever seen some colorized black and white photos, the chances are that she was the artist responsible for that. She is a Brazilian artist born in 1994.

Marina specializes in adding color (colorizing) to black and white photos in Photoshop. And when you say it like that is sounds so easy… She has to do a thorough historical research to determine the colors for each object in the picture. And the best thing is that she is self-taught!!!

This time, we are interested in her newest project. It is a 14-year-old Polish prisoner in Auschwitz Czeslawa Kwoka.

Marina said that it was extremely difficult for her to stare at the face of the girl for hours knowing what happened to her. But she wanted to do it only to make it easier for people to relate to that girl. She thinks that it is much easier to relate to people once you see them in color. Because “black and white” does not portray every bruise, scratch, blood on her face, and the cut on her lip.

Originally, the photos were taken by Wilhelm Brasse. He, unfortunately, died in 2012 so he can’t tell any more stories about the Auschwitz. You know, he became known as the “famous photographer of Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. However, Wilhelm was also a prisoner in Auschwitz. He had to take those photos… And in one of his interviews, he was asked about the photo of Czeslawa Kwoka. During that interview, Wilhelm said that Czeslawa looked “so young and disarmingly girlish.” He also said that the girl didn’t understand German so she couldn’t understand what was being said to her. “That is when this woman Kapo (a prisoner overseer) took a stick and beat her about the face. She was taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent.”

The girl, Czeslawa, was actually one of 230,000 children inside the camp (out of 1,300,000 other people which circulated between 1941 and 1945). She was transported from Zamosc, Poland, to Auschwitz, in 1942. On 12 March 1943, Czeslawa Kwoka died at the age of 14, under unknown circumstances.

Auschwitz was liberated on 26 and 27 January 1945 by Soviet Red Army. Soldiers found 7,500 prisoners alive and over 600 corpses. Among other things, they also found 370,000 men’s suits, 837,000 women garments, and 7,7t of human hair. The camp was so big that Soviets had to use at least four divisions to liberate the camp.

This is Czesława Kwoka. She was 14 when she was sent to Auschwitz

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And this is what Marina Amaral did to bring this heartbreaking moment back to life

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The photos were taken by another Inmate in the camp. Germans wanted to document those who were taken to the death camp.

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This was taken only minutes before 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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And those wounds that you can see on her face are a reminder of the atrocities that happened in that camp.

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There are many images that were colorized by Marina. Like this one.

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Or victims 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 and Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie

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Three French Boys Looking At a Destroyed German Panther Tank

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy

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Inmates at Wobbelin Concentration Camp

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A Migrant Mother

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Medics From the US 5th and 6th Engineer Special Brigade

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Rasputin

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Polish Refugees

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Dr. Pepper

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Winston Churchill

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