There arc other equally idyllic “accounts” of the life
of Auschwitz prisoners. For example, that of a “green” [common
criminals Capo chosen at random. His clothes were of good quality:
civilian trousers, zebra jacket made to measure by the camp
tailors, “Mütze” [beret] the same. He wore good boots made to his
size by the shoemakers. An exemplary “organization” of food
supplies gave him 3000 to 4000 calories a day, keeping him in
perfect form so that he was able to participate actively in the
leisure activities of the camp. Concerts of light or military
music, film shows in the Zentral Sauna or elsewhere, Sunday
football matches organized on the Birkenau sports ground near
Krematorium III, boxing matches at Monowitz, bathing in fine
weather in the swimming pool at the main camp [Photos 8 to
12], where he had learned to swim, and lastly, on certain
nights, to use up some of the spare energy that he had in
abundance because of his light work. the brothel of Block 24 would
open its welcoming doors to him. Well-qualified dentists filled
the caries caused by the sweetmeats of Auschwitz. He even had an
unsightly and bothersome cyst removed, the operation being carried
out by a prisoner surgeon that he knew [Photo 7, upper,
center and right hand photographs].
He left this
favored place with regret in January 1945. After the war, in a
weak and drained Germany, whenever he ran into one of the former
SS guards of the camp they would exchange memories and he could
not but hanker after the “good old days”. Questioned a few decades
later by a historian about the Auschwitz gas chambers, he replied
that he had indeed heard rumours on the subject, but he had never
actually seen one himself.
This story of a Capo living in
clover is based on true and verifiable , facts, and is real to
that extent. But there were very few Capos living like this, and
their “luxury” food was taken from the rations of the average
prisoner, who got only 800 to 1000 calories a day maximum, enough
to keep him barely alive for three months. The “fashionable Capo”
was not averse to asserting his authority by beating some of the
starving sheep he was in charge of, just tor the pleasure and with
perfect impunity.Some of the victims died, but so long as the
bodies were there to be counted at roll call it did not matter.
The revisionist tactic here is to present such an
authentic but exceptional case as the general
Page 8 of the “Bauleitung Album”, conserved by Yad
Vashem and PMO
neg. no. 20995/39.
||Presented on page 6, [PMO
neg. no. 20995/27] under the title: “Ausbau der Schutzhaftlagers
completion of the protective custody camp.
Stammlager / main camp.