Hanging and Eating – a painting by Jan Komski is painted from memories clearly detailed.
Hanging and Eating
This is what starvation can do to good people. Constantly surrounded by death and suffering, they have grown accustomed to sights like this.
The hanging body of a fellow inmate will not deter them from their meager ration.
(Painting in Auschwitz Museum)
The Death Brigade
These men were assigned the job of collecting the dead each day and taking them to the crematorium. They were called the Leichenkommando, literal translation: corpse squad.
All art in this exhibit is copyright © Auschwitz Museum – Jan Komski.
During World War II, Jan Komski worked in the resistance movement.
In 1940 he fled Poland and headed toward France to join Sikorski’s Army that was being formed there.
However, he was arrested at the border of Czechoslovakia and imprisoned in Nowy Sącz and Tarnów before being sent to Auschwitz I in the first prisoner transport to that concentration camp.
He was given prisoner number 564 under the name Jon Baraś, due to the forged identification papers he was carrying when arrested