Warszawa, 28 January 1946. Judge Alicja Germasz delegated to the Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes 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 in accordance with Art. 109 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The witness testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Maria Falińska|
|Names of parents||Jan and Wiktoria|
|Date of birth||22 July 1898|
|Place of residence||Warsaw, Wolska Street 18|
During the first days of the Warsaw Uprising, I was in Saint Lazarus Hospital, where I worked as a nurse, and at the same time I lived in the building from the side of Wolska Street 18. On 5 August 1944, I walked from the hospital building located in Leszno Street, where I worked in the emergency department admitting the wounded, to my mother, who was staying in the safe shelter of the building from the side of Wolska Street. There were about three hundred people in that shelter. Some of them were patients from the hospital and some of them were civilians from nearby houses who had sought refuge there. No insurgents were there, there were mostly women and children and only a few men. After an extremely severe tank bombing from the direction of Wolska Street, the safe shelter was invaded by the Germans. They told us to put our hands in the air and immediately started to throw hand grenades and fire machine guns without even aiming. A lot of people collapsed right away. People begged them to stop shooting, but it was useless.
I am unable to say how many Germans there were, because I was standing far away in the crowd and could’t see them well. After a few minutes I managed to sneak out through a side door from the safe shelter, and then I went to the Old Town.
In January 1945 I returned to Warsaw, and then I saw human remains, bones and ashes, on the grounds of the hospital, in the yard between the building from the side of Leszno Street and the building from the side of Karolkowa Street, and in front of the building from the side of Karolkowa Street (closer to Leszno Street) I saw about 150 human bodies dumped haphazardly in a ditch. Charred bones and corpses were lying around in the entire area of the hospital. In February or March 1945, the authorities in cooperation with the Polish Red Cross exhumed these remains to a common grave in front of the building from the side of Wolska Street.
The following persons stayed in Saint Lazarus Hospital longer than I did and can describe the circumstances of the crimes committed there by the Germans:
1. Michalina Szelęgowska, Polish Red Cross Hospital nurse, residing in Hoża Street 53;
2. Danuta Kiernus, residing in Leszno Street 127, Warsaw;
3. Witold Skrajny, residing in Leszno Street 127, Warsaw.
The report has been read.
Assistant Judge /Alicja Germasz/