Newly Discovered Prisoner Journal Donated to Auschwitz

The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum said on Wednesday it had acquired a newly discovered journal written and illustrated by Polish prisoners of the Nazi German death camp in southern Poland.

The three inmates’ hand-made memoirs, which include poems and pen-and-ink and watercolour drawings of gas chambers and a hanging, were donated by the widow of a US war veteran, museum spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel told AFP.

“We only know the authors’ names and [prisoner] numbers, but we don’t know anything about how they were able to produce the drawings. It was very hard to access paper,” he said.

The prisoners gave the journal to Lieutenant Clifford Hensel in 1945 as a thank-you gift for his help in liberating the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria where they ended up.


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