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From: (Danny Keren)
Subject: The Extermination of the Gyspsies in Auschwitz (was: Re: ANT
Date: 5 Dec 1993 22:45:21 GMT
Organization: Brown University Department of Computer Science
Message-ID: <2dtoa1$b1k@cat.cis.Brown.EDU>

Gannon's heroes "evacuate" the Gypsy camp at Auschwitz:

Quoted from "Auschwitz: A Report on the Proceedings Against Robert Karl
Ludwig Mulka and Others Before the Court at Frankfurt", By Bernd 
Naumann, 1966, published by Frederick A. Praeger, NY.

[The book summarizes the events in the trial of 22 SS men who served in
the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Like most of the trials of SS men
who served in the death camps, this one was conducted by the German 
legal system, according to the German penal code of 1871].

>From the testimony of Maximilian Sternol (p. 114):
...It was the liquidation of the Gypsy compound. Terrible scenes took 
place. Women and children were on their knees in front of Mengele and
Boger crying, 'Take pity, take pity on us'. Nothing helped. They were
beaten down brutally, trampled on, and pushed on the trucks. It was a
terrible, gruesome night".

"Did Boger also hit them?".

"Yes, he killed them. They collapsed and died and were thrown on the 
trucks. The entire political section was there. Yes, I saw Baretzki
and Broad".

>From the testimony of Josef Piwko (p. 123):
"It happened about three to four weeks after the events in the Czech
compound [Theresienstat]. The children frequently came to the barbed
wire and we would give them little things. Then one day the trucks 
came, and there was great excitement in the camp, because the Gypsies
now knew they that they were to be gassed. They had a good intelligence
network because the SS men had pretty Gypsy girls and they told them 
a lot of things".

The witness tells how he hid in the bushes and saw that the Gypsies
were beaten as they were herded onto the trucks and driven off to the
gas chambers. Then the SS men searched the barracks and dragged out
about six children between the ages of four and seven.

"They were brought before Boger, who first trampled on them, then 
grabbed their little legs and smashed their heads against the wall".

[Boger and Baretzki were sentenced to life imprisonment for taking
part in numerous murders at Auschwitz. Broad was sentenced to 4 years.
Dr. Mengele fled after the war and, apparently, died in South-America
in the mid 1980's].

-Danny Keren.

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