Warsaw, 9 January 1946. Judge Alicja Germasz interviewed the person specified below as a witness. Having advised the witness of the criminal liability for making false declarations and of the gravity of the oath, the judge swore the witness in accordance with Art. 109 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The witness testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Wiesław Rott|
|Names of parents||Zygmunt and Henryka Józefa|
|Place of residence||Warsaw, Bolecha Street 22|
|Occupation||Health inspector for the Municipal Board|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
As the chief of the exhumation/inhumation group of the Warsaw Municipal Board Health Department, I conducted an exhumation on the grounds of Saint Lazarus Hospital (at the corner of Wolska Street and Karolkowa Street).
75 human bodies were excavated out of a ditch located on the hospital grounds near Karolkowa Street. They were the bodies of men, women and children, most had gunshot wounds, some bodies were dressed in the attire of hospital patients, others in that of the hospital’s auxiliary staff. The bodies were thrown into the ditch haphazardly, bunched up together.
Many were identified. The identification reports are with the Polish Red Cross.
The bodies were moved to a common grave on the hospital grounds. Bodies found in the city quarter around the hospital were also interred in that grave. Around 600 bodies have been buried there, both insurgents and civilians.
In the hospital building next to Wolska Street we found charred human remains, pieces of human bone, ashes, religious paraphernalia. The ashes and remains which we managed to excavate from the partially burnt hospital block were deposited in a crate about 1 cubic metre large and buried in the aforementioned common grave.
From the members of the hospital staff present during the exhumation, who had at the time been living on the hospital grounds (I cannot name them) and who were in the hospital during the uprising, I heard that during the uprising the Germans marched the patients out of block no. 3 to a wall parallel to Karolkowa Street and shot them. Then they threw them into the ditch out of which they were now exhumed.
I learned from the same people that the Germans herded the patients and others present on the hospital grounds into the block closer to Wolska Street. There they shot them and set fire to the bodies. There were allegedly some 600 people there.
The report was read out.