In Ostrowiec, on 26 March 1947, Mieczysław Radwan, acting district judge, member of the District Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes, heard the person named below as a witness. The witness, who was advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations, testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Kazimierz Wieczorek [illegible]|
|Occupation||official at the City of Ostrowiec|
|Place of residence||Ostrowiec, Ogrodowa Street 82|
Throughout the war, I worked – [like I do] now – with the City of Ostrowiec, in the Department of Health, as a sanitary controller. During the executions carried out by the Germans in Ostrowiec, I received several orders from the former mayor of Ostrowiec, Baranowski, to have me go to the place of execution in order to remove the corpses of the victims. When I arrived at the execution site, I would not meet the Germans, [rather] only a crowd of people, mostly the families of the murdered. As a result of the order of the German authorities, the bodies of the murdered were transported to the local cemetery and there, the families, after identifying their loved ones, took them and buried them separately.
That’s how it was after the execution at the railway station in Ostrowiec, where ten people were shot, and ten more at Boernera Street on 1 November 1943. Then, on 14 January 1944, ten [people] were also shot at the wall of the presbytery. The families of the murdered demanded that they be issued with death certificates, which I did and wrote out such cards. After [the] shooting [of] 50 and 21 people in June and July of 1944, [respectively], at the cemetery in Ostrowiec, I did not go to the execution site nor did I issue death cards.
I have records of the issued death cards in the form of a kniga [book], in which each issued card is recorded with an annotation in the “cause of death” section as – “shot”. I don’t know who carried out the above-described executions. I only heard from people that it was a penal expedition, but I don’t know who of the local Germans took part in it.
Apart from the above-mentioned executions, there were often single murders, both of Poles and Jews. Corpses of such murdered people were either taken to the cemetery and buried there, or buried in the Jewish cemetery, both Jews and Poles.
I don’t know where the former mayor, Baranowski, is today. I also don’t know who could provide information about the executors.
On 30 September 1942, 29 people were hanged on the market square in Ostrowiec – local citizens. I wrote out the death cards of the hanged people, but in the “cause of death” section, at the request of the German authorities, it was written [illegible].
The report was read out.