By Kon Pierkarski
Escaping Hell is the compelling and actual tale of a heroic younger Polish officer who survived the fear of 5 years within the prisons of Auschwitz and Buchenwald - the place violence was once meaningless simply because human lifestyles had misplaced all price. in the course of global struggle II, Kon Piekarski was once a member of the Polish Underground military, a clandestine resistance flow which operated even within Auschwitz - organizing surprising esacpes, working a mystery radio community and matching wits with the Gestapo. After Auschwitz, Piekarski turned a prisoner of warfare at Buchenwald and hung out operating in a manufacturing facility the place Russian prisoners of battle have been used for labour. within the face of continuing possibility, he and his comrades took each attainable chance to sabotage the German battle undefined. He was once ultimately transferred to a small camp close to the French border, and escaped 3 months ahead of the tip of the struggle.
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It's strange that our first meeting after school is in Auschwitz. " "I'm okay," I replied, "but Mietek has been done in by sport. " While the crowd in front of the hospital dispersed, Fred took us through the back door to the washrooms. Here all admitted patients, many of whom were already half-dead and unable to stand, were required to shower themselves. In order to save water, five or six patients were showered at the same time. They simply lay on the cement floor while frigid water was poured on them by one of the Kieliszek brothers, a somewhat retarded pair without much 56 Warped Life in a Warped World ability to contemplate human suffering.
We still had one hour to wait before we could enter our block to crawl into bed. The autumn evening was so beautiful and we were so deep in our thoughts, we did not notice that, moments later, we were standing in front of our barracks. Witold Pilecki (Thomas Serafiriski) Organizer of Polish Underground Army in Auschwitz 42 3 CHAPTER WARPED LIFE IN A WARPED WORLD Thomas was waiting for me. He took me to one side and said he had something very important to discuss with me. It was all very mysterious.
We then learned to march in step, a relatively simple exercise had it not been for the German "military punishments" that were instantly administered when our group failed to respond in unison. These included running in step around the yard, duck walking, walking with the knees bent and the hands suspended above the head, somersaulting, rolling sideways across the ground, or simply turning around with the eyes closed. When these punishments — which took much more time than the actual drill — were not executed to the satisfaction of the kapos, the real punishment with clubs was generously administered.