This greyscale image depicts a reconstruction of the death wall or (cork wall – black wall) at Auschwitz I, Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej 11, 32-600 Oświęcim, Poland.
The Death Wall is located in the yard at the side of block 11. The condemned were led to the wall for execution. SS men shot several thousand people there—mostly Polish political prisoners and, above all, members of clandestine organisations.
Executions were also carried out here on Poles brought in from outside with death sentences, including hostages detained in reprisal for Polish resistance movement operations.
Cases are known in which prisoners from other groups—Jews and Soviet POWs—were shot. The wall was dismantled in 1944 while the camp was still in existence. This did not mean the end of executions, however. Prisoners were also subjected to another form of punishment in the yard, including flogging and “the post.”
Image size: 4159×2788
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Location: Auschwitz I, Poland.
Year took: 2020
Copyright owner: J. J. Williamson