Warmth – Komski in Auschwitz

Warmth - Komski in Auschwitz

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The prisoners used the 15 minutes of free time before the roll, trying to stay warm.

Komski in Auschwitz is a memory of experience rendered in paintings that show life inside the camps, of which few photos exist.


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Wladyslaw Siwek drawing – Selection at Roll Call

Wladyslaw Siwek drawing - Selection at Roll Call

Capo selecting some prisoners for possibly as work detail, or perhaps punishment. Every morning and evening the roll call was required, as all prisoners, living and dead had to be counted.

The Appel was often a time of great suffering as prisoners were left standing at attention usually in the evening when someone had escaped, both in the heat of summer and bitter winter.

Watercolor: Wladyslaw Siwek
Reproduction courtesy of Auschwitz Museum Archive, 1980