Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Maidanek: Categories of Prisoners in the Camp (2 of 7) Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Nizkor Project http://www.nizkor.org Keywords: Lublin,Maidanek II. THE CATEGORIES OF PRISONERS IN THE CAMP 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- ------------------------------------------------------------pg 04-- 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 others. 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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