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Subject: Life and Fall of Wlodowa: The Third Action        
Summary: from the Yizkor book of Wlodawa
Followup-To: alt.revisionism
Organization: The Nizkor Project, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: Nischke,Wlodowa

Archive/File: places/poland/wlodawa/wlodawa.006
Last-modified: 1993/03/17

              The Life and Fall of Wlodawa and Surroundings
                   Translated by Shoshana Leszczynski
             (Transcribed by Ken McVay,

        [Please refer to Wlodawa.001 for transcription comments]

                            THE THIRD ACTION

8 days before this action Nitschke ordered to the Jews of the villages
Hansk, Dwizcna, Lita, Zeizik, Zilzik, Sochowi and the camps where the
Jews were living to present themselves in town. On Thursday October 22,
1942, it was raining heavily the Germans pursued the Jews of the
environments of Wlodowa, many stayed outside in the rain because there
was not enough room for all.

On October 24th, marked the bloody Shabbat. On this black Shabbat of the
Jews of Wlodowa, Nitschke commanded all the Jews who had assembled in
the town to appear at the sports field. The town was crowded with
Security police, military police and the Ukrainian police. The
supervisor of the construction works the German Falkenberg, was ordered
over the telephone not to send to work the 2000 Jews at his disposition,
but to bring them in orderly queques  to the sports field. Nitscke
brutally selected 18 men and sent them to his courtyard. All the rest
was transported to Sobibor. In this action more than 10,000 people found
their death. Afterwards the 18 men were once more transferred to
Falkenberg. Of these people the following remained alive: Avigdor
Ledermann, Leibl Rosanka, Elieser Melzer, Moshe Knopfmacher, Motel
Rabinowitz, Motel Silberstein, Shalom Mirmelstein, Shimon Ledermannm
Ephraim Kreis, Eisik Rotherberg, Selig Roitblat, Jechaskel Hubermann,
Ephraim Fishmann, Shmuel Stoll, Abraham Schechtmann and others living
now in other countries whose names I do not remember.

After this action several hundred Jews were left. Part of them was
hiding and another part lived in the ghetto. Nitschke demanded the
construction of a labour camp applying to the Jews to come to the Labour
camp and promising that nothing bad would happen to them. The Jews crept
out of their holes and returned to the labour camp.

                             THE FOURTH ACTION

The appeasement lasted a fortnight and the Jews of Wlodowa were slightly
released from their fear of death. And suddenly on November 7th, 1942
the ghetto was again besieged and again an action took place. This time
Nitschke was accompanied by his assistant Schwab and his dog. He
examined the labour cards (permits) and those who did not please him
were picked out and sent to the sportfield and from there to Sobibor.

Three days after the transport SD-men and the Ukrainian killers wandered
about shouting  everyone they found.

The town, like after every action, resembled a battlefield. The rest of
the Jews who had remained in the camp of Falkenberg were made to bury
the corpses.

After this massacre placards were posted announcing that the Jews were
again allowed to move about unmolested. Wlodow was declared a
"Judenstadt"-town of Jews. Thus he allured the Jews hiding in the
villages, bunkers and forests to come to the ghetto.

After this action Nitschke took the tailor Mauklish and his daughter who
worked for him to the forest killing them there, together with Eli
Gesundheit and the mason artist who also worked for him.

By his order the trees of the Jewish cemetry  were cut off, the
gravestones pulled out and the streets paved with them. Nearly 20,000
Jews of Wlodowa lie on the conscience of Nischke. He himself shot

We, the undersigned who miraculously survived, apply to the public
German prosecutor to arrest the murderer Nischke and his assistants and
to bring them to trial. Each one of us is ready to testify to the
massacres of Nischke.

1. Leibl Rosanka, 2. Jechaskel Hubermann, 3. Motel Rabinowitz, 4. Shimon
Ledermann, 5. Jechiel Gronhois, 6. David Zinn, 7. Moshe Knopfmacher, 8.
Elieser Melzer, 9. Avigdor Ledermann, 10. Sara Amalinski, 11. Motel
Silberstein (dead?!), 14. Pnina Knopfmacher, 15. Simcha Cohen, 16.
Shlomo Lemberger, 17. Abraham Chavina, 18. Lion Lubowski, 19. Greta
Rotstein (from Militz), 20. Jehoshua Glanzmann, 21. Jossl Cohen.


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