Absolute obedience by the prisoners guaranteed the smooth functioning of the terror and extermination apparatus in the camp. The slightest infraction of camp rules or suspicion of involvement in the camp resistance movement were published by the SS with the greatest harshness. Many penalties, including the death penalty, were carried out in block 11 or the adjacent courtyard. This made block 11 notorious. Former prisoners characterized the “Death Block” as “easy to get into but almost impossible to get out of alive.” Aside from witness reports, the extant Bunker Book is an important source for the history of block 11. The presentation covers the function of the block and the fate of the people held there.
Language: Polish, German
Lecturer: Małgorzata Hałat, Halina Jastrzębska