In Bugaj on this day, 22 November 1948, at 2:00 PM, I, Officer Kwiecień from the Citizens’ Militia station in Bliżyn, acting in accordance with the instructions of Citizen Deputy Prosecutor of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office of the District Court in Radom, this dated on 25 August 1948, L. 825/48/2 issued on the basis of Article 20 of the provisions introducing the Code of Criminal Procedure, with the participation of reporter Stefan Baran from the Citizens’ Militia station in Bliżyn, whom I informed about his obligation to attest by his own signature to the conformity of the Protocol with the actual course of the procedure, interviewed the person named below as a witness. Having been advised of the significance of the oath, the right to refuse to testify for reasons specified in Article 104 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and of the criminal liability for making false declarations in accordance with Article 140 of the Penal Code, the witness was sworn and testified as follows:

Name and surname Stanisław Banaszewski
Parents’ names Mikołaj and Łucja
Age 62
Place of birth Bugaj, Bliżyn commune
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Occupation farmer
Place of residence Bliżyn, Kielce district
Relationship to the parties none

Regarding this matter, I am aware of the following facts. On some day, I cannot remember exactly which one, in 1943, I heard that German military police, during a roundup in the commune of Bliżyn, shot dead Kazimierz Wielocha, residing in Wojtyniów; Edward Kowalczyk, residing in Bliżyn; Józef Ciura, residing in Bliżyn; Zygmunt Gula and Jan Gula, residing in the village of Brześć; Bolesław Ciura, residing in Jastrzębia, Bliżyn commune; and a Jewish woman whose name is unknown, whose execution by SS officers I saw in the town of Bliżyn. Furthermore, the labor camp for Jews operated from 1942 until 1944, where they were forced to work in the penal camp. I also know that about 100 (in words: one hundred) were shot dead by SS officers, and that a large and indefinite number of prisoners died because of emaciation and typhus.

In terms of Russian POWs, about six thousand were murdered through overt and special destruction between 1941 and 1943 in the camp of Bliżyn. In terms of the afore-mentioned prisoners, they used the following methods of abuse: starvation, putting contaminants in food, special methods of torment, and shooting.

The report was concluded and read out.