Josef PIWKO, prisoner at Auschwitz
Children Smashed Dead At Auschwitz, Court Told FRANKFURT, Ganoany, April I around and around like balls on I r« e.na of a string and (hen smash tlwir heads against brick Tliis testimony from a former prisoner at Auwhwitz concenfra-\nn camp today drew from the Judge presiding at a war crimej mai tor 11 lormer guards and functionaries at the tamp a state ment that this was "ore oi the mosl horrible things we havel so far heard." ! The witness, Josef Piwko. said the defendant he referred to was ss sgt. Wilnelm Boger. 'I watched him kll! six oi 'en children in this manner and then I couldn't stand it anv and left." Piwko said, arui began (o weep. When he had regained his composure, he added: "Roger enjoyed liquidating ciiil, dten," PiwJco, a retired Polish army officer, said he saw Soger "take inwst sadistic pleasure" in killing children when thousands of gypsy inmates at Auschwitz; were rounded up in a M-hour period n Jj« and gassed. "Most of the children knew what was up and tried lo h under beds; under barracks. where they could. Boger's men pulled them out from their hiding places and brought them to Bog-cr. who beat them and kicked their heads in. .He picked ur> the smallest ones, children between i and 5 years old, and smashed ineir neais against brick walls. "Some of Ihe children had not been able to hide and were held in the arms of their mothers, but that didn't bother the SS. They simply ripped the thildren away from their screaming mothers and delivered them to Bo£er. ThDie who were no ed by Boa er or the other SS wer*: gassed aionrj with their When Piwko finished, the only sound heard in the courtroom was cue soohing of a woman or. After several minutei silence presiding judge Hans Hoi- meyer spoae; "You have just tdld us c the most horrible things we have so far heard at this trial. You are a former officer who knows wjiai honor js and you have sworn an oalh to Cod that what you are saying here is the truth. uo you really mean you actually! saw noser smash the hea small children against brick nwKo answered: "| am ready to swear befort my Maker that what I have just said is (he truth, j Boger was so angry that the CM.aren tried to hide that he Wat out lhi*r brains in his furv The 71-year-old witness then said that three weeks before ■soger Kilted the gypsy children he "slaughtered a number of Jewish c.n::drcn in the sa-ne faskinr rlurin^ a mass gassing of Jew ;sh families." "He kicked to death several young mothers who refused (o turn their children over to Asked by Hofmeyer wh, had 1o say about Pinko's moiiy, Boeer answered: ■ "1 never did any of these things. i ini i mj- anyming else. Piwko laughed sarcastically this and shouted: i the i did Boger as the head torturer < Auschwitz and as one of It camp's main killers. The trial continues Thursday.