The photo is Czeslawa Kwoka a Polish Catholic, a 14 year old girl, a child. She died in Auschwitz extermination camp on February 18 1943 with a phenol injection into her heart.

Czesława Kwoka (15 August 1928 – 12 March 1943) was a Polish Catholic girl who died at the age of 14 in Auschwitz. One of the thousands of minor child and teen victims of German World War II war crimes against ethnic Poles in German-occupied Poland, she is among those memorialized in an Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum exhibit, “Block no. 6: Exhibition: The Life of the Prisoners”.


Shortly before the execution, she was photographed by the prisoner Whilem Brasse. Brasse, subsequently went on to testify against Kwoka’s executioner.


The photo is the face of a terrified child, who didn’t even speak the language of her executioners and who lost her mother, just a few days before.


She was one of about 750,000 children and underage that were executed at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is such a powerful photograph on so many levels, the eyes are the gateway to the soul.


The photo, originally black and white at Memorial Oswiecim, was colored by professional photographer Mirek Spznoar who was impressed by Czeslawa’s photo and decided to put it in color and available for everyone.
RIP Czeslawa