Escape From Auschwitz

From this article:

“On 20 June 1942, the SS guard stationed at the exit to Auschwitz was frightened. In front of him was the car of Rudolph Höss, the commandant of the infamous concentration camp. Inside were four armed SS men, one of whom – an Untersturmführer, or second lieutenant, was shouting and swearing at him.

‘Wake up, you buggers!’ the officer screamed in German. ‘Open up or I’ll open you up!’ Terrified, the guard scrambled to raise the barrier, allowing the powerful motor to pass through and drive away.

Yet had he looked closer, the guard would have noticed something strange: the men were sweating and ashen-faced with fear. For far from being Nazis, the men were Polish prisoners in stolen uniforms and a misappropriated car, who had just made one of the most audacious escapes in the history of Auschwitz. And the architect of the plot, the second lieutenant, was a boy scout, to whom the association’s motto ‘Be prepared’ had become a lifeline.”

The four men were Kazimierz Piechowski, Stanislaw Gustaw Jaster, Josef Lempart—the “officer” doing the screaming—and Eugeniusz Bendera. Not that it matters, but the first three were Polish and I have read that Bendera was Ukrainian or Polish, depending on the source.

Over one million people died in Auschwitz, 90 percent of whom were Jews. Never Forget! Never Again!


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