On 8 August 1947 in Kraków, a member of the Main Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Poland, Investigative Appellative Judge Jan Sehn, acting in accordance with the provisions of and procedure provided for under the Decree of 10 November 1945 (Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland No. 51, item 293) in connection with Article 255, 107 and 115 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, interviewed the person named below as a witness, who testified as follows:

Name and surname Dr Władysław Fejkiel
Age 36 years old
Citizenship and nationality Polish
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Occupation physician at the St. Lazarus State Hospital in Kraków
Place of residence Kraków, Smoleńsk Street 1

I was incarcerated in the Auschwitz concentration camp from 8 October 1940 to 18 January 1945 as Polish political prisoner no. 5647. After the initial period, during which I worked in various kommandos, and after an illness, which I developed due to utter exhaustion, in the summer of 1941 I assumed the post of nurse (Pfleger), and in 1942 of prisoner-doctor in block 20. I held this function until 1944, when I was appointed the elder of the camp hospital (Lagerältester Häftlingskrankenbau).

In 1942, Dr Vetter was appointed an SS doctor (SS-Lagerarzt) for the Auschwitz camp. At first he worked in the parent camp, but was later transferred to smaller camps in Monowice and Jawiszowice. At the turn of 1942 and 1943, Vetter ordered me to treat typhoid patients with Be 1034, which I was to administer in strictly prescribed doses, and which took the form of both pills and intravenous and intramuscular injections. On Vetter’s orders, I treated about 50 typhoid patients with this preparation; the patients were placed in block 20. Vetter took keen interest in the course and results of treatment with Be 1034, to such an extent that he came to the block almost every day. When the treatment with Be 1034 was ended in the entire group, again on Vetter’s order, I wrote a report in which I described the results achieved. I concluded that treatment with Be 1034 didn’t yield any positive results. When we finished experimenting with Be 1034 and I filed the report, Vetter ordered me to use preparation 3582 in typhoid treatment. This preparation is a so-called Rutenol – in the form of pellets. I applied this preparation, strictly in keeping with instructions issued by Vetter, in treatment of 50 patients. I described my observations and conclusions in a written report, which I drafted for Vetter at his demand. I kept a copy of this report, dated 8 February 1943, and I presently submit it for use by the court. (The witness submits three-pages long typescript, dated: Auschwitz, 8 Februar 1943, unsigned).

On Vetters orders and acting in accordance with his instructions, prisoner-doctor Tondos from Zakopane tested Rutenol in tuberculosis treatment. Another prisoner-doctor, Kłodziński, was also engaged in experiments with this preparation and preparation Be 1034, used for treating typhoid and erysipelas. As I have already mentioned, Vetter was very much interested in the results, and it could be clearly seen that he cared very much about it. He himself told me that he was a scientific representative of a company by the name of IG Farbenindustrie. All of the above named preparations were manufactured by said company, and we received them from the SS pharmacy in their original packaging, with the brand label of Bayer Leverkusen.

When Vetter was transferred from Auschwitz to Mauthausen, these preparations were still used in Auschwitz on his orders and in accordance with his instructions, and Vetter would come from Mauthausen on inspections of results achieved in Auschwitz. Since we didn’t observe any positive results, Vetter was visibly displeased and told us that he had achieved very good results in tuberculosis treatment in Mauthausen.

The report was read out. At this the hearing and the report were concluded.