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Pery Broad Member of the SS personnel in Auschwitz Concentration Camp

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Pery Broad – SS Man

The following pages are extracts from the reminiscences of Pery Broad

Member of the SS personnel in Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

 

Gas

 


View of one of the gates in the electrified fence surrounding Auschwitz-Birkenau

One day corpses of Russian prisoners of war were dragged out of a dark cell. As they lay in the yard they looked strangely bloated and had a bluish tinge, though they were relatively fresh. Several older prisoners who had been through World War One remembered seeing corpses like that. Suddenly they understood …. Gas.

 

The first attempt at the greatest crime, which Hitler and his helpers planned and committed in a frightening way, never to be expiated was successful. The greatest tragedy could then begin, a tragedy to which millions of happy people, innocently enjoying their lives, finally succumbed.

 

From the first company of the SS Totenkopfsturmbann, stationed in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, SS Hauptscharfuhrer Vaupel selected six particularly trustworthy men. Among them were those who had been members of the Black General SS for years. They had to report to SS-Hauptscharfuhrer Hossler.

 

After their arrival Hossler cautioned them to preserve the utmost secrecy as to what they would see in the next few minutes. Otherwise death would be their lot. The task of the six men was to keep all roads and streets completely closed around an area near the Auschwitz crematorium.

 

After their arrival Hossler cautioned them to preserve the utmost secrecy as to what they would see in the next few minutes. Otherwise death would be their lot. The task of the six men was to keep all roads and streets completely closed around an area near the Auschwitz crematorium.

 

Nobody should be allowed to pass there, regardless of rank. The offices in the buildings from which the crematorium was visible were evacuated. No inmate of the SS garrison hospital was allowed to come near the windows of the first floor, which looked onto the roof of the nearby crematorium and the yard of that gloomy place.

 

Everything was made ready and Hossler himself made sure that no uncalled- for persons would enter the closed area. Then a sad procession walked along the streets of the camp. It had started at the railway siding, located between the garrison storehouse and the German Armaments Factory (the siding branched off from the main railway line, which led to the camp).

 

There at the ramp, cattle vans were being loaded, and people who had arrived in them were slowly marching towards their unknown destination. All of them had large yellow Jewish stars on their miserable clothes.

 

Their worn faces showed that they had suffered many a hardship. The majority were elderly people. From their conversation one could gather that up to their unexpected transportation they had been employed in factories that they were willing to go on working and to be as useful as they could.

 

A few guards without guns, but with pistols well hidden in their pockets, escorted the procession to the crematorium. The SS men promised the people, who were beginning to feel more hopeful that they would be employed at suitable work, according to their occupation.

 

Explicit instructions how to behave were given to the SS men by Hossler. Previously the guards had always treated new arrivals very roughly, trying to keep them at “arms length” with blows, but there were no uncivil words just now. The more fiendish the whole plan.

 

Both sides of the big entrance gate to the crematorium were wide open. Suspecting nothing the column marched in, in lines of five persons, and stood in the yard. Somewhat nervously the SS guard at the entrance waited for the last man to enter the yard. Quickly he shut the gate and bolted it.



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Copyright Carmelo Lisciotto H.E.A.R.T 2009

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