Archive/File: camps/auschwitz auschwitz.011 Last-Modified: 1994/01/13 Subject: Testimony of Ludwiz Worl Quoted from "Auschwitz: A Report on the Proceedings Against Robert Karl Ludwig Mulka and Others Before the Court at Frankfurt", By Bernd Naumann, 1966, published by Frederick A. Praeger, NY. p . 114: -------- The fifty-eight-year-old Munich grocer Ludwig Worl, a stocky, powerful Bavarian, now takes the witness stand. In the summer of 1943 - the witness, a former senior camp inmate, testifies - a ghetto not far from Auschwitz was cleaned out and 30,000-40,000 people gassed and cremated in the huge crematories of Birkenau. An SS officer "for some reason or other" put the children into his, Worl's, care. Worl thought they were saved, because at the end of 1943 a new camp commandant came to Auschwitz. Hoess was succeeded by Liebehenschel, whom the SS later on replaced because he was too soft. He stopped the selections and had the notorious standing cell demolished. But one day on January, 1944, there was another selection: 600 sick prisoners unable to work were sorted out and sent to the gas chambers. Worl thought that a transport to another camp was being assembled in front of the laundry, when suddenly he was surrounded by the children in his care. They clutched at his legs imploringly and told him that they were to be gassed with the others. "Even the four and five-year-old knew it. They rolled up their shirts and showed me their little arms: 'Look how strong we are'." Worl, appalled, rushed over to Dr. Rohde and asked him to notify Liebehenschel immediately. The medical officer called headquarters and received the devastating information that the selection had been ordered by Berlin. There was nothing to be done. Worl ran out to the camp street and saw the defendant Kaduk, pistol in hand, driving the pleading children towards the gas chambers. Worl jumps out from the witness chair and shouts: "Where is Kaduk? You shoved a pistol against their backs, like this, and this", and he demonstrates how Kaduk drove the children on.
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