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Testimony of Danuta Napiórkowska-Jarzębowska


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     In the evening of August 8, 1944, we were loaded in Pruszków into cattle cars, myself, my mother Bronisława and my eight year old brother Bogusław. We were taken to a very harsh Nazi prison in Namslau (currently Namysłów, Opolskie voivodship). This was a subsidiary camp of the concentration camp in Gross-Rosen (Rogoźnica). We stayed there until September 4, 1944, sleeping on straw scattered on the floor. We were given water and small amounts of bread. The transport consisted mostly of mothers with small children and babies. All the babies were taken away from their mothers. They "died" during the first day. The dead babies were laid on a long "table" made of wooden planks and were shown to the despairing mothers. They were told that "there were no doctors for Polish children". 
     On September 4, 1944, open trucks suddenly appeared in the courtyard and the emptying of the prison began. My mother, my brother, myself and some of our surviving neighbours from Orla 4 were taken to the transitional detention point in Breslau Burgweide (Wrocław-Sołtysowice)? A concentration camp with gas chambers. After a single day's stay, when we were forced to take a "bath", with the so-called "lysol" [a disinfectant] instead of soap (many were severely burned with this liquid), we were transported to the hard labour camp in Sacrau (Zakrzów) near Wrocław, Oleśnica county.

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