Warsaw, 16 May 1946. Investigating Judge Halina Wereńko, delegated to the Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Poland, interviewed the person specified below as a witness. Having advised the witness of the criminal liability for making false declarations and of the significance of the oath, the judge swore the witness, who testified as follows:

Name and surname Walerian Wilhelm Michał Skwirzyński
Names of parents Tadeusz and Seweryna n ée Ferelli
Date of birth 27 November 1893, Bełza, Hrubieszów county
Occupation forestry engineer, employed in a gardening co-operative in Warsaw
Place of residence Michałowice, Rudolf House
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Criminal record none

During the Warsaw Uprising, my wife and children lived at Kazimierzowska Street 85, flat 14. At that time, I was living in Jędrzejów. In October 1944, I found my wife near Piotrków, where she had been transported from the camp in Pruszków. My wife told me that in the morning of 2 August 1944, groups of a few SS-men had burst into all flats of the house where she had lived. They were the SS-men from the unit stationed in the Stauferkaserne in Rakowiecka Street. They told all residents and people staying on the premises to leave the building at once. Everyone was taken to the courtyard and then to the grounds of the Stauferkaserne. There, they sorted out men from women and detained the men, while in the afternoon, the women were told to go home.

I do not know how many men from our house were detained, but my wife told me that the total number of male detainees on the grounds of the Stauferkaserne was around a couple of thousand. The men were accommodated in the rooms of the Stauferkaserne, where they slept on the floor. My son, Stanisław Skwirzyński (b. on 30 March 1929) was detained in the Stauferkaserne together with other men from our house. My son had a fur coat with him and, as my wife told me, would sleep on the floor. Every day, the SS-men formed groups comprising the detained Poles and drove them for labor in Warsaw.

I do not know what the procedure of giving out the assignments looked like. I heard that Ubysz, a secondary school professor, was hired for sweeping the streets. Professor Ubysz currently lives at aleja Niepodległości 142, flat 6. My son was also repeatedly taken for labor.

Starting on the next day after the men were detained, the SS-men allowed the women to bring food for the men. My wife brought food for our son. I do not know the details of the events from that period, but they can be provided by my wife.

I do not know if Poles were executed on the premises of the Stauferkaserne. There were rumors about the executions, but I had no opportunity to verify these.

On 8 August, my wife spoke to the commander of the Stauferkaserne, whose name I do not know; she asked him to release our son, who was 15. The commander promised that he would be released on the next day. On 9 August, when my wife reported to the Stauferkaserne, our son was not in the barracks. The remaining men told her that on 9 August in the morning, a group of Gestapo men had arrived in a van, from, as they suspected, aleja Szucha. They gathered people in the yard, chose 60 young and fit men, including my son, and loaded them on the vans, which drove off in an unknown direction. When the people were being selected, one man said he was ill, so he was released and my son was chosen instead. I have no further information about him. Henryk Skabowski (around 34 years of age), was taken together with my son and has also disappeared without a trace. My wife, Krystyna Skwirzyńska, currently lives in Kórnik, Zamkowa Street 15, Śrem county, Poznań voivodeship.

The report was read out.