Anna - one of the thousands of victims of Auschwitz Camp 1943

Anna - one of the thousands of victims of Auschwitz Camp 1943

P78: ‘Los! Schneller, blode Lumpen!’ Faster. Move faster, idiotic whores.
"We are lined up and several husky girls in grey cloaks begin shaving our hair - on our heads, under the arms, and on the pubic area. My long thick braids remain braided and while the shaving machine shears my scalp, the hair remains hanging, tugging at the roots. The pain of the heavy braid tugging mercilessly at the yet unshaven roots brings tears to my eyes. I pray for the shaving to be done Quickly. As my blonde tresses lie in a large heap on the ground, the indifferent butcher remarks: ‘A heap of gold’…………….. The haircut has a startling effect on every woman’s appearance. Individuals become a mass of bodies. Height, stoutness, or slimness: There is no distinguishing factor - it is the absence of hair which transformed individual women into like bodies. Age and other personal differences melt away. Facial expressions disappear. Instead, a blank senseless stare emerges on a thousand faces on one naked, unappealing body. In a matter of minutes even the physical aspect of our numbers seems reduced - there is less of a substance to our dimensions. We become a monolithic mass. Inconsequential.
From Blode Lumpen, ‘idiotic whores’ we became blode Schweine, idiotic swine’ Easier to despise. And the epithet changed only occasionally to blode Hunde, ‘idiotic dogs’. Easier to handle".
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Date:
Location:
Poland
Photographer:
Pat Burns

Anna - one of the thousands of victims of Auschwitz Camp 1943

P78: ‘Los! Schneller, blode Lumpen!’ Faster. Move faster, idiotic whores.
"We are lined up and several husky girls in grey cloaks begin shaving our hair - on our heads, under the arms, and on the pubic area. My long thick braids remain braided and while the shaving machine shears my scalp, the hair remains hanging, tugging at the roots. The pain of the heavy braid tugging mercilessly at the yet unshaven roots brings tears to my eyes. I pray for the shaving to be done Quickly. As my blonde tresses lie in a large heap on the ground, the indifferent butcher remarks: ‘A heap of gold’…………….. The haircut has a startling effect on every woman’s appearance. Individuals become a mass of bodies. Height, stoutness, or slimness: There is no distinguishing factor - it is the absence of hair which transformed individual women into like bodies. Age and other personal differences melt away. Facial expressions disappear. Instead, a blank senseless stare emerges on a thousand faces on one naked, unappealing body. In a matter of minutes even the physical aspect of our numbers seems reduced - there is less of a substance to our dimensions. We become a monolithic mass. Inconsequential.
From Blode Lumpen, ‘idiotic whores’ we became blode Schweine, idiotic swine’ Easier to despise. And the epithet changed only occasionally to blode Hunde, ‘idiotic dogs’. Easier to handle".
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Poland
Photographer:
Pat Burns