Scenes From Auschwitz
This page offers reproductions from an album of nineteen drawings made
by Zofja Rozenstrauch (No. 48035), a woman prisoner in Auschwitz from
1943 to 1945. The album was submitted to the District Court in
Jerusalem during Session No. 71 of the trial of Adolf Eichmann and
given the number T/1346 (Volume III, pp. 1289-1291). The captions to
each drawing are translations of the artist's comment in Polish in the
We apologize for the large size of these images - we're
working to produce smaller versions which will maintain the quality
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The drawing on the album cover states: Death Camp Auschwitz.
"We are going to camp." Days and nights without a drop of water for the 140 persons in the freight car. The brave ones jump out of the windows while the train is moving at full speed, but they could be caught by the bullets of the guards.
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New arrivals - shaving heads and showers.
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The newcomers to the camp were placed in so-called quarantine,
actually locked up for four weeks in a stifling block, ten persons to
a bunk two meters long.
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"Revier" - F.K.L. (Frauen Konzentration Lager - Women's
Camp) Auschwitz Birkenau -- She is preparing the morning's report
before the roll-call: Section No. 4, middle bunk, only four dead, the
rest still alive.
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Lunch. A kapo ladles soup in a way that enough will remain for her
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"You didn't get enough soup? This evening you will get
more." Thus promised Arbeitsdienstführer Schultz. This is what the extra portion looked like.
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"Arbeitsdienstführer Schultz on duty." For minor offences (not moving fast enough when passing through the gate) punishment was kneeling down for some hours during the roll-call. The above-mentioned SS officer inflicted such punishments without any reason, flogging and kicking indiscriminately. F.K.L. Auschwitz-Birkenau. While kneeling, hands had to be held high.
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Those suffering from sores and rashes - to
the chimney. Everyone in
the camp suffered from sores and rashes due to the poor food and lack
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"Sortierung" [sorting out] F.K.L. at
Birkenau near Auschwitz. In the
foreground S.S. Unterscharführer Tauber conducts the selection of
those [to be sent] to the chimney. On the left a group of women
selected to survive, on the right a block leader writes down the
numbers of those to be gassed and a group of those condemned under the
supervision of an SS woman. In the distance, the crematorium
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"To the crematorium" -- Auschwitz-Birkenau. Loading a truck for the crematorium. Those condemned waited in block no. 25, specially designed for this purpose.
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"Incautious." He is giving her a piece of bread. But when spotted by an SS man one had to pay dearly for such expressions of
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"Punishment." It was good when it ended in a thrashing; worse when numbers were written down and you were called to the Politische Abteilung [the Political Department].
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Politische Abteilung or the Auschwitz Gestapo. One of their tortures was an electric current that did not kill but caused nose bleeding.
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Twenty-two on the b...
Auschwitz-Birkenau F.K.L. Arbeitsdienstführer metes out punishment. In the background, the female Ober's [Superior] car, the "cream vehicle" known to all. The Ober was SSustuf [SS Untersturmführer] Mandel.
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"Sport" -- crouching and jumping with rocks in one's
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"She went on the wire." A favourite way to end one's suffering in Auschwitz. The 5,000 volts never disappointed. The watchmen on the towers had orders to shoot anyone approaching the wires.
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Auschwitz - the last execution, January 1945.
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Arbeit Macht Frei.
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Evacuation - We were taken out of Auschwitz [on]
18-1-45 in the direction of Wroclaw. Those who could not keep up the pacof the
transport were killed on the way.
This page offers reproductions from an album of nineteen drawings made by Zofja Rozenstrauch (No. 48035), a woman prisoner in Auschwitz from 1943 to 1945. The album was submitted to the District Court in Jerusalem during Session No. 71 of the trial of Adolf Eichmann and given the number T/1346 (Volume III, pp. 1289-1291). The captions to each drawing are translations of the artist's comment in Polish in the drawing itself.
We apologize for the large size of these images - we're working to produce smaller versions which will maintain the quality demanded.
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