Szczekociny, 16 June 1948. Judge M. Gawdzik heard the person named below as a witness. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations and of the significance of the oath, the Judge took an oath, following which the witness testified as follows:

Name and surname Józef Kowal
Age 42
Parents’ names Maciej, Balbina née Morawiec
Place of residence Rokitno, Włoszczowa district
Occupation farmer
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Criminal record none
Relationship to the parties none

The Soviet POWs’ camp in Podlipie village, Rokitno commune, was founded in August 1944. There were 350-400 POWs of Armenian nationality in the camp. The German staff consisted of about 30 people.

I didn’t witness any incidents of harassing the prisoners, however the discipline was harsh.

I do not recall cases of death among the soviet POWs, nor were any of them buried on the premises of the camp.

Around six had fled to the guerilla groups.

I am not aware what military unit served there. I do not know the surnames of the crew.

The report was read out.