Date: June 3, 1999
I AM a new member of the H-NET. I am survivor of
Theresienstadt, Birkenau and Friedland. Regardless of
the controversy of the Wehrmacht exposition I have
"practical" experience with lower level members of the
Wehrmacht from commandos outside the ghetto.
These were always positive. But, in addition, to
refrain from stereotypes, I have personal experience
with the last German SS commander of Friedland. When I
sabotaged, I was not executed. In this small camp, no
Before liberation, the camp commander talked to us
at roll call, said, we would be taken over by the
"civilian guard" and that he hoped we would have no
reason to complain. Before leaving, all food was
distributed to us prisoners, and, afterward I found
out that the commander disobeyed orders to destroy us
and the camp.
We were some 500 prisoners. I am trying to document
this extraordinary event, but I know only one survivor
and not the name of the commander.