Kielce, 3 March 1948. Stefan Młodawski from the Criminal Investigation Section of the Citizens’ Militia Station in Kielce, on the instruction of the Prosecutor from the District Court in Kielce, with the participation of court reporter Stanisław Kostera, heard the person named below as a witness. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations and of the wording of Article 140 of the Penal Code, the witness testified as follows:

Name and surname Szymon Szymczykowski
Parents’ names Walenty and Maria, née Kubicka
Age 60 years old
Place of birth Kielce
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Occupation caretaker
Place of residence Kielce, Castle Square
Aft er the German troops entered [Kielce], there was a German kitchen in the Castle that

lasted a month. When the kitchen was wound up, the building (the Castle) was taken over by the Gestapo, who stayed there until February 1942 or 1943, I don’t remember exactly. In 1942 or 1943 a camp for Polish officers was established.

I lived in the Castle, so upon the establishment of the camp I was removed to Parkowa Street, but I continued my duties as a caretaker on day shift basis until the prisoners of war were removed from the camp. The camp was liquidated after two or three months. Only Polish prisoners were kept in that camp.

There were about 200–300 Poles in the camp. I am not sure as to the number, though. After some time, the prisoners were deported one morning from the camp in an unknown direction.

The prisoners were not taken for labor. They lived in deplorable conditions.

At the time of the camp’s existence, there was neither infirmary nor a hospital in the Castle. There were no diseases in the camp. I neither saw nor heard about any executions, and I did not heard any prisoner complain. I didn’t see any corpses being transported away nor buried in the camp by the Germans during the time the camp was operational.

The Germans didn’t leave any material evidence, they took everything with them.

I don’t know the surnames or addresses of the prisoners from the camp in the Castle.

I also don’t know the surnames of the camp commandant or of other German functionaries working in the camp.

When the prisoners were deported, the Castle was again taken over by the Germans, and housed a school for German translators.

At this point the report was concluded, read out and signed.