The Beating

  While hauling downed trees under orders given by the Nazis, Prisoner No. 12510 lost one of his wooden clogs and decided to protect his foot by wrapping it with paper from a discarded cement bag.  He also placed a piece of paper on his chest for warmth against the cold and wind.

  But upon returning to the concentration camp, a Nazi soldier discovered what the prisoner had done, threw him to the ground and proceeded to beat him with 30 lashes (which can still be felt to this day).  He was then thrown into the mud and rendered unconscious, but fellow inmates eventually dragged him back to the barracks where he was revived.

original medium - oil size - 30" x 40 copyright 1999 Back to the Gallery

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