call, four o' clock in the morning in the summer,
and 6 o'clock in the morning in the winter, every morning,
in all weathers.
Roll call, was at four o' clock in the morning in the summer and 6
o'clock in the morning in the winter every morning. They were made
to run to the washrooms half naked and wash in freezing water, then
dress in their thin uniforms and stand five abreast in blocks as the
S.S. counted them. Even in the middle of winter as the icy north wind
blew across the valley that chilled their very bones they were made
to stand, and when the S.S. were ready were marched off to work.
At noon they return for another roll call, and a meagre pint or so
of watery soup, that was all they were given to sustain them, then
back to their hard labour.
In the evening they were marched back to the camp for roll call at
6 o'clock, just as in the morning and at mid-day they lined up and
waited to be counted, the process was endless. They
had to stand in the pouring rain as it lashed down ceaselessly upon
them, and in the blazing heat of the sun, no water was given to them
to quench their thirst, dressed only in a striped thin cotton outfit,
and without moving for fear of a severe beating, they waited for the
S.S. to take the roll call, it could last one, two, or up to six hours
or more if any prisoners were missing. It suited the guards to see
the prisoners suffer this misery, many dropped to the ground, and
where they fell....... they died.
labour, cruelty and suffering, many died where they fell.