Back in Gleiwitz

Gleiwitz, Death march
19 januari 1945

After two days of walking we saw houses once again, and that turned out to be Gleiwitz. We had walked in a circle.

In the extreme winter weather the endless columns of emaciated men and women in their striped prisoner’s uniforms were herded to the west by SS men with dogs and whips. In order to stay ahead of the Russians, the pace was brutal. Some groups covered hundreds of kilometers on foot. Thousands died of hunger and exhaustion, and those who couldn’t go on were shot without mercy.