A picture tells a thousand words, and in this case, they truly do. The drawings and cartoons are made by Emile Franken. I am not sure what happened to Emile. I do know he was born on 15 April 1921 somewhere in the Netherlands and he survived the war.
I also know he spent time in the Vught concentration camp, and from there he was transported to Westerbork on 18 October 1943. After that, he was deported on 3 March 1944 to Auschwitz-Birkenau. The caption of the drawing at the top of the blog says, “Mealtime at the planes, Birkenau.”
“Life in Lower Birkenau Poland, 1944 Latrine at Night in Block.”
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camp
Above left: Arrival and transport in Birkenau
Above right: Selection for crematorium [or KL]
Lower left: The last clothes are taken off
Lower right: Hair cutting
I do not know if Emile survived, I doubt it very much, but his drawings made his experiences crystal clear. I suppose now-a-day this could be called memes, but memes are supposed to be funny or satirical. There is nothing funny about these—they portray reality.
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