The thought of mass genocide is something which few people alive today can imagine, let alone say they’ve experienced. The reality, however, was all too real for millions of Jews during the Second World War who were systematically killed as part of the Nazi’s “Final Solution”.
Initially, the Holocaust began as a programme to encourage Jewish immigration out of Germany, but over time it turned violent, and Kristallnacht, the night when Jews were violently persecuted against for the first time in Germany in 1938, is said to have marked its beginning.
In the video below, artist Marina Amara explains how she is using her work to illuminate its horrors:
One victim of the Holocaust was 14-year-old Czesława Kwoka, who arrived at the notorious Auschwitz camp with her mother on December 13, 1942.
Arriving in a train that was full of 318 other women, she was deported from her home in the Zamość region of Poland after the Nazis began to clear the area to create “living space” for people who were not classed as undesirables.
To shed light on the suffering which many children faced during this dark period in history, Czesława’s photographs were colorized by artist Marina Amara. Before these pictures were taken, she had been beaten up by a Nazi guard.
Photographed on the day of her arrival, Czesława was given the number 26947.
Sadly, she became one of the 1.1 million people who lost their lives in the camp and died 67 days later on February 18, 1943.