On 6 October 1947 in Sieradz, the Municipal Court in Sieradz, Criminal Section, with Judge T. Obertyński presiding and with the participation of court reporter M. Pawlikówna, heard the below mentioned as n unsworn witness. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations and of the wording of Article 107 of the Criminal Code, the witness testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Władysław Jan Miś|
|Parents’ names||Józef and Helena|
|Place of residence||Sieradz, Dominikańska Street 6|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
From 14 May 1942 until 20 September 1944, I was a prisoner in the concentration camp in Auschwitz. After reading the list of former members of the armed crew of the former Auschwitz concentration camp, [I state] I personally knew Hans Aumeier, who was the Lagerführer [ camp leader] in Auschwitz.
Aumeier was almost always present at the roll calls. I witnessed him, during working hours, stopping a passing prisoner, whose name I don’t know, and after a short conversation with him, he beat the prisoner so that he fell to the ground. I also saw Aumeier present during the execution of flogging punishments on the prisoners after roll calls. These punishments were imposed by him, and the prisoners were beaten so severely that their flesh was hanging off. What were the names of the crew who did the beating and the prisoners who were beaten, I don’t remember.
Next, I personally know Arthur Liebehenschel. For a long time he held the position of commandant of the Auschwitz I camp. I can’t say anything about his criminal activities; on the contrary, he was considered a good man, because after he took control the conditions in the camp improved, particularly in terms of food and the treatment of prisoners.
I also knew Hans Schumacher personally, because I worked in his kommando. He was the deputy head of the food warehouse near the prisoners’ kitchen. He treated the prisoners badly and very often I witnessed them being beaten for no reason. I don’t remember the names of those prisoners either. I was told that this very Schumacher, during an inspection, discovered some dough for baking bread on one of the prisoners working in another kommando. Schumacher ordered the prisoner to eat about one kilogram of this dough raw, and then drink some water. I don’t know if this prisoner was ill afterwards.
I heard of Max Grabner, who was the head of the Political Department. Among the prisoners, he was known for terrorizing the camp. I don’t know any specific facts regarding his criminal activity.
The report was read out and thus concluded.