In Kielce, on 7 January 1948, at 9:50 AM, I, Jan Zygmunt from the Investigative Department of the Citizens’ Militia station in Kielce, acting pursuant to the recommendation of the prosecutor of the District Court in Kielce, issued on the basis of Article 20 of the provisions introducing the Code of Criminal Procedure of 16 December 1947 (file no. ŻN 22/47), while observing the formalities listed in Articles 135, 140, 258, and 259 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, in the presence of reporter Józef Łukasik, whom I have instructed of the obligation to certify the compliance of the Protocol with the course of procedure by signing, heard the person named below as a witness. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations, the witness testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Jan Sobczyk|
|Parents’ names||Wincenty and Maria|
|Place of birth||Kielce|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Place of residence||Kielce, Wojska Polskiego Street 138|
Regarding the present case, I have the following knowledge. The camp at the Fijałkowski barracks was set up at the beginning of autumn in 1941 by the Germans. Only Russian prisoners were kept there; about 15,000 people passed through it. The Germans used them to shovel the snow off the roads, for work at the railway station, and to cut wood in the forest.
They fed them rotten potatoes and swede, but they gave very little bread. As a result, there was typhus in the camp, of which a great many prisoners died.
I saw the Germans torture prisoners with rifle butts until [knocked] unconscious, [and] after this beating, [they] dragged them into the barracks.
There was terrible hunger in the camp. I saw the prisoners gather bones around the camp, roast [them] over the fire and eat them. Many prisoners died of hunger every day. They [the bodies] were transported to the Bukówka forest and buried there in one pit.
I cannot say whether there were executions in the camp because I did not see [any]. I only saw one prisoner get shot on the [fence] wires because he was allegedly escaping.
About 15,000 prisoners perished in the camp during the course of its existence, most died of hunger. They are buried in the Bukówka forest in one mass grave. I cannot give the names of the Germans who ran the camp because I don’t know them. Nothing else about this matter is known to me, because later, in 1944, I was deported to Germany.
I conclude my testimony and signed it after it was read out to me.