Work camp Gleiwitz, Camp for forced labor
november-december 1942

And they had noticed that I had made mittens, and the guards wanted them too, for Christmas.

Before the war broke out, camp guards were usually recruited from the Totenkopfverbände, a special unit of the SS. But from the beginning of the war an increasing number of men of the Totenkopfverbände served at the front. A large number of the former SS guards were replaced by Lithuanian and Ukrainian volunteers, but wounded Waffen SS members or older SS members were also appointed as camp guards.