Lovers in Auschwitz
When an initial attempt to escape Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with a friend fell through, Edek Galiński quickly revised the plan to include a woman with whom he was in love, Mala Zimetbaum. Due to her proficiency in languages Zimetbaum held a relatively privileged position in the camp, working as an interpreter and a courier, however, she used this position to help other inmates, ensuring those less able were given less physical work and sneaking family photographs to people.
Galiński planned to dress in an SS guard’s uniform he had acquired and have Zimetbaum wear a dress under male overalls and carry a washbasin. Under the pretence that he was escorting the prisoner outside the perimeter fence to fit the basin, the two would escape the camp. Zimetbaum would carry the basin in such a way that her long hair was covered, and a forged pass ought reassure any suspicious guards. When the pair were clear of the camp, Zimetbaum would remove her overalls and the pair would appear like a SS officer and his girlfriend taking a walk.
The plan was put into action in June 1944 and the pair got as far as a nearby town. Zimetbaum intended to inform the allies of what was going on inside camps like Auschwitz, thus saving lives, with some sources suggesting she was the head of a resistance group. In the town, however, she was arrested whilst Galiński tried to buy something from a local shop. Galiński handed himself in soon after as the pair had promised to stay together whatever happened.
They were taken back to Auschwitz and imprisoned in separate cells in ‘the Bunker’ - the punishment block - where they would pass notes and whistle to one another. Galiński etched their names into his cell wall [image one]. They were taken outside to be executed at the same time, though in their respective gender’s designated area. Galiński shouted ‘long live Poland’ as he was hanged, whilst Zimetbaum took a razor from her hair and slit the veins in her arms. She shouted at the watching crowds to revolt, telling them it was worth their lives, and she fought with the guards. Allegedly an order arrived from Berlin that she should be burnt in the crematorium and so she was thrown in a cart and taken there. The prisoners forced to burn the corpses cried and prayed as they carried out their orders.
I dream of a language whose words, like fists, would fracture jaws.
Jessica Lange, c. 1974.
Telling every woman to get a gun is not rape prevention. The reality is that we need to be changing how we train and teach young men. We need to teach them to see women as human beings and respect their bodily autonomy. We need to teach them about consent and to hold themselves accountable.
She received rape threats for telling men not to rape women, as a survivor herself. If that isn’t indicative of how badly we need to fix our rape culture and end victim blaming, then I don’t know what is.
Skeletal Creatures Carved Out Of Everyday Objects
Artist - Maskull Lasserre
his name is maskull and he carves skeletons you have no idea how happy this makes me