In Serbinów on this day, 8 January 1948, at 1.20 p.m., I, Władysław Fituch from the Criminal Investigation Section of the District Citizens’ Militia Station in Kielce, acting on the basis of the following: Article 20 of the provisions introducing the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article 257 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, due to the unavailability of a judge in the township, in consequence whereof any delay could result in the disappearance of traces or evidence of a crime, which traces or evidence would cease to exist before the arrival of a judge, observing the formal requirements set forward in Articles 235–240, 258 and 259 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, with the participation of reporter Władysław Sieczka from the Citizens’ Militia Station in Mniów, whom I informed of his obligation to attest to the conformity of the report with the actual course of the procedure by his own signature, have heard the person named below as a witness. The witness, having been advised of the importance of the oath, swore the requisite oath, and was also notified of the right to refuse testimony for the reasons set forward in Article 104 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and of the criminal liability for making false declarations, this pursuant to the provisions of Article 140 of the Penal Code, thereupon stating:
|Name and surname||Marianna Kruk|
|Parents’ names||Jan and Józefa, née Skowron|
|Age and place of birth||31 years, Serbinów, commune of Mniów, district of Kielce|
|Place of residence||Serbinów, commune of Mniów, district of Kielce|
|Relationship to the parties||the aunt of Ewa Kruk|
|As regards the present case, I||am aware of the following facts: On 26 May 1943 German|
gendarmes – Gestapo men – burned residents of the village of Serbinów alive in our house.
Agata Sikora was burned to death along with her children: Mieczysław and Maria, Ewa Kruk, a grandmother together with her grandchildren: Eugeniusz, Jan, Maria and Józef, Feliksa Kluś with her son Piotr, and Maria Adach with her daughter Irena Adach; Maria Adach and Irena Adach were burned to death in their home in the village of Podchyby, commune of Mniów.
They were accused of belonging to an underground organization and of carrying food to partisans in the forest. The victims were buried on the exact same spot where they were burned. After Poland was liberated, the bodies were reinterred at the parish cemetery in Mniów. The Germans led all the people whom they had detained in Serbinów into our house and threw a few grenades in through the window. The house burned down. When the Poles began screaming in the fire, the Gestapo men started their truck engines in order to drown out the noise.
I would like to add that these people had been denounced by Wincenty Marczewski and Władysław Kotwica, who were later killed by Polish partisans.
I have recounted all that I know and signed the present document after it was read out.