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Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 22:53:57 -0700
From: (Mark Van Alstine)
Subject: 10 prisoners condemned to starve to death in Block 11
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Source: "Auschwitz Chronicle, 1939-1945 / Danuta Czech. - 1st American ed.
(ISBN 0-8050-0938-8); p. 13. (Ref: APMO, D-AuI-3/1, Bunker Register,
pp.9-11; Francisek Brol, Gerard Wloch, Jan Pilecki, "Das Bunkerbuch des
Blocks 11 im Nazi-Kontzentrationslager Auschwitz" (The Bunker Register of
Block ii in the Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz), HvA, no.1, 1959, p.
33; Kowalski, Number 4410, p. 179.)

April 23 [1941]

For the first time, with cooperation of the Camp Commander Karl Fritzsch
and a few SS Men, Commandant Ho"ss chooses 10 prisoners from Block 2 as
hostages and condemns them to starve to death in retaliation for the
escape of a prisoner. The selected prisoners include Polish politocal
prisones Marian Batko (No. 11795) from Krako'w, a physics teacher at the
humanistic Odrawwaz Gynnasium in Ko"nigshu"tte (Chrozo'w), who voluntarily
stepped out of the line during selection in place of another, very young
inmate;* Wincenty Rejowski (No. 3301); Antoni Sufin Suliga (No. 7883);
Stefan Otulak (No. 7904); Tadeusz Kustra (No. 12906); Jan Schefler (No.
11860);  Franciszek Bobla (No. 12889); and Jo'zef Nocko (No. 12929). They
are locked up together in a cell in the cellar of Block 11 and recieve
nothing to eat or drink. The dark cell is opened a few days later and the
bodies of the deceased prisoners are taken out. On April 27, Marian Batko
is the first to die; the rest die by May 26, 1941.

*Prioner Mieczyslaw Pronobis (No. 9313), born on October 17, 1924,
reported this act after the war to his family and friends and stated that
he was selected. Paralyzed with fear, he didn't leave the line of
prisoners, and in his place an old man, who was very debilitated,
allegedly a high-school teacher, whose name he did not know, came forward.

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