On 24 June 1944 two prisoners escaped from the Auschwitz camp: Mala Zimetbaum (camp no. 19880) born on January 26, 1918 in Brzesko, a female Polish Jew who was deported to the camp in a transport from the Malines camp in Belgium and the Polish political prisoner Edward Galiński (camp no. 531), born on October 15, 1923, who was brought to the camp in the first transport of Poles to Auschwitz on June 14, 1940.
Galiński was waiting for Mala in the place agreed upon beforehand, dressed in the SS uniform. She came dressed in work overalls, carrying a washbasin on her head. In this way they intended to simulate the escorting of a prisoner from the fitters’ Kommando to the workplace outside the camp. Using fake SS pass stolen by Mala, they managed to go beyond the large guard chain. They headed in the direction of Slovakia, where her relatives lived. On July 7 they were arrested by a border guard patrol and then transported to Auschwitz and incarcerated in the cells of Block 11. Both of them, despite long investigation and tortures, did not reveal the names of people who assisted them in preparing the escape.
Edward Galiński was hanged in the men’s camp in Birkenau on September 15, 1944, while Mala Zimetbaum slashed her wrists before execution. She was then taken to one of the crematoria and probably shot there.