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SS men Scherpe is asked about the murder of the Zamosc children
According to testimony by numerous witnesses during the pretrial
hearing, at least 119 children were murdered with phenol injections
in the closing days of February, 1943. Force was used to get them into
the executioner's chair, and Scherpe himself gave them the lethal
injection into their hearts. It was so horrible that the "medic" ran
away in desperation. The next day his colleague Hantl, a co-defendant,
murdered the remaining 80 children.

"You broke down and couldn't go on?" the judge asks.
"That is exaggerated. It isn't true".

Scherpe no longer wants to admit what he himself said earlier, that the
children, panic-stricken, had screamed.

"That is not so. I didn't say that. It is also not true. They suspected
nothing. They probably thought they were being inoculated".

The last boy waiting outside began to cry and called for his companions
who didn't return. And that was the only indication the defendant had
that the children may have feared death.  (Nauman, Bernd. Auschwitz: 
the Proceedings Against Mulka and Others. 79)

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