Warsaw, 24 November 1949. Irena Skonieczna (MA), acting as a member of the Main Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Poland, interviewed the person named below, who testified as follows:

Name and surname Wacław Samol
Date and place of birth 6 November 1898, Warsaw
Parents’ names Piotr and Józefa, née Dąbrowska
Father’s profession artisan
Citizenship and nationality Polish
Religion Roman Catholic
Education secondary
Profession office worker
Place of residence Warsaw, aleja 3 Maja 2, flat 22
Criminal record none

When the Warsaw Uprising broke out, I was at home at aleja 3 Maja 2. On 3 or 4 August [1944] at around noon the Germans – an SS tank unit and infantry – entered the premises of our house and ordered all present to leave the building. The residents had gathered mainly in the basements. At the time the Germans entered the basement there was also an insurgent unit hiding out there, comprising more or less 50 soldiers. They could not withdraw as the entire house had been surrounded.

Once we came out into the street the men were separated from the women and grouped under the viaduct, directly opposite the entrance to house no. 2. The women and children were taken to the buildings of the “Prąd” rowing club.

According to information provided by German prisoners of war who had been detained by the insurgents on 1 August and kept in the basement, it was determined that the number of persons shooting from our house was twelve. And thus the Germans, influenced by this testimony or by the results of a search, dragged as many men out from the row. For example, while searching a man who was called “captain” and acted as commander of the unit, a white and red armband and a pistol were found. I saw these articles being removed from the left pocket of his overcoat. Men taken from the ranks were placed face down on the ground. The number of 12 is not precise, for a few more men were dragged out later. The women managed to ransom some of them. Thus, finally, the number of those lying face down on the ground was approximately 12 – 14.

In a short time we – both men and women – were marched to the other bank of the Vistula. Those lying face down on the ground remained, however. No trace of them was ever found. Even a few women who somehow managed to stay a bit longer in house no. 2 at Aleja 3 Maja, were unable to determine what had happened to these men. We must assume in all probability that they were taken to the “Prąd” club by the Vistula and executed there and their bodies thrown into the water, for at the time it would not have been possible to remove them in any other direction. Neither were they marched off to Praga over the bridge.

After the Uprising, in 1945, I talked with various of my companions with whom I had been detained in Praga and who had managed to return home, but none of them had seen anything more, nor heard anything about these men.

At this point the report was brought to a close and read out.