Photographer's Note

On November 11, 1941, on a day celebrated in Poland as the Independence Day, the first execution by a shot in the back of the head at a close range using a small-caliber silent gun took place in Auschwitz camp. It was done in the courtyard of Block 11, at the execution wall, also called the Death Wall.
The condemned prisoners were led to the wall one by one, naked, with their hands tied behind. Before the execution each of the had his camp number written on the chest. The camp commandant, the camp manager and the camp doctor were present. The execution was performed by Rapportfhrer Gerhard Palitzsch. On that day Nazi Germans shot 151 prisoners, mostly Poles, were shot. One of the executed was a sculpture and reserve lieutenant Tadeusz Lech, who a couple of hours before his death said to one of the prisoners: At least I am glad that I will die on November 11.


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