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Two witnesses testify about the liquidation of the Gypsy camp in 

>From the testimony of Josef Piwko:
"It happened about three to four weeks after the events in hte Czech
compound [Theresienstat]. The children frequently came to the barbed
wire and we would give them little things. Then one day the trucks 
came, and there was great excitement in the camp, because the Gypsies
now knew they that they were to be gassed. They had a good intelligence
network because the SS men had pretty Gypsy girls and they told them 
a lot of things".

The witness tells how he hid in the bushes and saw that the Gypsies
were beaten as they were herded onto the trucks and driven off to the
gas chambers. Then the SS men searched the barracks and dragged out
about six children between the ages of four and seven.

"They were brought before Boger, who first trampled on them, then 
grabbed their little legs and smashed their heads against the wall".(Naumann,

[Boger and Baretzki were sentenced to life imprisonment for taking
part in numerous murders at Auschwitz. Broad was sentenced to 4 years.
Dr. Mengele fled after the war and, apparently, died in South-America
in the mid 1980's].

                           Work Cited

Naumann, Bernd. Auschwitz: A Report on the Proceedings Against 
Robert Karl Ludwig Mulka and Others Before the Court at Frankfurt.
New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1966

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