Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Apr

9

1943

Welcome to Gros Rosen – “ARBEIT MACHT FREI”

The entrance to Gros Rosen of the 120, 000 who passed through these gates 40, 000 would die.

My work assignment was in the stone quarry. My first job was to load stones into carts. We had to work in the open air, whatever the weather, from dawn to dusk. We worked without a break, under the watchful eyes and the brutal clubs of the “Kapos.” The Kapos were the concentration camp’s gang foremen. They were usually German, and had criminal records and sadistic inclinations. They held absolute power of life and death over their gangs. It seemed that the more cruelty they exhibited, and the greater the pain they inflicted, the greater they were esteemed by the camp administration.