Warsaw, 14 May 1968. Assistant Public Prosecutor Zbigniew Grędziński, delegated to the District Commission for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes in Warsaw, heard the person named below as a witness, without an oath. The witness, warned about the criminal liability for giving false testimony, testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Mieczysław Parapura|
|Parents’ names||Marianna and Stanisław|
|Date and place of birth||15 March 1920, Pruszyn, Siedlce county|
|Place of residence||Warsaw Praga, Środkowa Street 11, flat 23|
|Relation to the parties||none|
During the occupation, I lived with my father in Warsaw at Wileńskiej Street 5. On 3 August 1944, the Nazis came to the courtyard of the building where we lived, issuing the order that all the men should go down to the yard. Upon this command, a few men from the building at Wileńska 5 came down, including myself.
I don’t know what division these Nazis were from. I remember that the Nazi who escorted me was dressed in a green German military uniform, wearing a helmet and a metal plate on his chest.
The Nazis led us towards the church. As we were being led to the church, I personally saw a pile of corpses lying next to it.
I didn’t count how many corpses there were, but there were several dozen of them. The German fascists told us to dig a large pit, and then we were ordered to carry the bodies and throw them into it. Following this command, I first dug the pit, and then I carried the corpses and threw them into it. There was an unpleasant smell from the corpses. Some of the bodies had traces of bullet wounds, while many had various body parts ripped off, indicating that they had been murdered with grenades. There were both men and women among the corpses, but most of them were men.
Where the victims of this Nazi crime came from, I don’t know.
After burying the corpses, the Nazis escorted us back to the building at Wileńska Street 5.
I have read this report personally and I hereby sign it as being truthful.