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Subject: Maidanek: Categories of Prisoners in the Camp  (2 of 7)
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Keywords: Lublin,Maidanek

           The camp was capable of accommodating from twenty five to forty
   thousand prisoners at a time. At some periods as many as forty five
   thousand prisoners were confined there.
           The categories of prisoners confined in the camp varied at
   different times. The prisoners were systematically exterminated and fresh
   transports of prisoners arrived to take their place, so that for the
   overwhelming majority of persons sent here the camp was only a stage on the
   road to death.
           The camp contained prisoners of war of the former Polish army
   captured as far back 1939, Soviet prisoners of war, and civilians from
   Poland, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Greece,
   Yugoslavia, Denmark, Norway and other countries.
           This is established by:
           a) the discovery within the precincts of the camp of a large number
   of passports and other documents belonging to citizens of different
   countries of Europe who perished in this camp.
           For example: the passport of U.S.S.R. citizens Maria Timofeyovna
   Goryunova, Nikolui Frantsevich Mazurkevich, and others; documents belonging
   to Polish citizens Czeslaw Siedlecki, Wladyslaw Soniczny, Stanislaw
   Jankiewicz and others; documents belonging to French citizens Gabriel
   Labrouge, Emile Moltagne, Lucien Roi, Auguste Chirol, Andre Prinson, and
   others; documents belonging to Czechoslovak citizens Josef Hluce, Rudolf
   Feldinger and others; documents belonging to Italian citizens Gustav Muole,
   Guiseppe Music, Pio Tinozi, and others; documcnts belong-
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   ing to the Netherlands citizens Berthus van der Palm, Andertinus van der
   Irimi, Petrus Jansen and others; documents belonging to Yugoslav citizens
   Stjepan Stepanovic, Rano Zunic and others; documents belonging to Belgian
   citizens Leon Bazeo, Theophil van Hauseran, and others; documents belonging
   to Greek citizens Ean Zurene, and others, and also documents belonging to
   people of other nationalities;
           b) the register of deaths in the so-called "Lager-Lazarett," but
   actually the register of those exterminated, in which the names of a
   considerable number of dead persons of different nationalities are
   recorded. In March 1944 alone, of one thousand six hundred and fifty-four
   prisoners who died, six hundred and fifteen were Russians, two hundred and
   forty-seven Poles, one hundred and eight French, seventy-four Yugoslavs,
   whiIe the rest belonged to other nationalities inhabiting the countries of
   Western Europe;
           c) the evidence of a number of witnesses:
           former German prisoners of the camp aud prisoners of war who had
   served in the camp, and also the evidence of former prisoners in the camp:
   Le-du Corantin, a Frenchman; Tomasek, a Czech; Benen, a Netherlander, and
           The list of prisoners exterminated in the camp was constantly
   augmented by the names of Soviet prisoners of war, sections of the
   population of occupied countries of Europe, different sections of the
   population captured by the Gestapo in the streets, railway stations and in
   houses during the systemic raids and searches constantly carried out by the
   Hitlerites in Poland and other countries of Europe, and also by the names
   of Jews brought here from the ghettoes set up by the Gestapo in Poland and
   different towns in Western Europe.
           Among the prisoners there were numerous women, children and aged
   persons. Sometimes whole families were confined in the camp. The children
   were of different ages, including infants.
           Thus, the camp was a place for the wholesale extermination of
   different nationalities of Europe.

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