This is the 17-year-old Jewish high school graduate, Masha Bruskina. She was one of many young women during World War II who were put to death for fighting against the Nazi règime and the first teenage girl to be publicly hanged by the Nazis in Belorussia.
worked as a nurse in a military hospital in Minsk, and was a member of an
underground cell which aided Soviet officers hospitalized there, to escape
certain death and join the partisans. Despite the constant danger they
continued to risk their lives by disobeying orders, sabotaging the daily
routine. In 1941 the members of the cell were informed on and quickly
rounded up by Nazi officers.
The young prisoners were neither hooded nor blindfolded, and they were given no drop, so their cruel and slow deaths would act as a stronger deterrent to the local people who witnessed the event.
was the preferred Nazi method for the execution for partisans as it
produced more of a public spectacle than shooting and was used to
terrorize the local populace as well as entertain the German troops ...
The photograph of the 1941 execution has been reproduced many times all
over the world but, in her native Belorussia, Masha Bruskina has not
yet gained recognition.
www.auschwitz.dk Louis Bülow. ©2011-13.