In Kazanów on this day, 9 April 1948, at 1.00 p.m., I, Zenon Wilk from the Criminal Investigation Section of the Citizens’ Militia Station in Kozienice, acting under Article 20 of the provisions introducing the Code of Criminal Procedure, following instructions from the District Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Radom issued on 31 March 1948 (L. 532/48/2) under Article 20 of the provisions introducing the Code of Criminal Procedure, observing the formal requirements set forward in Articles 235–240, 258 and 259 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, with the participation of a reporter, a Militia functionary from Zwoleń, Władysław Adamczyk, whom I have 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. Having been advised of the right to refuse to testify 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, the witness testified as follows:

Name and surname Weronika Jałek
Parents’ names Jan and Józefa, née Oko
Age 37 years old
Place of birth Kuczki, Gzowice Commune
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Occupation farmer
Place of residence Karolin, commune of Grabów nad Wisłą
Relationship to the parties none

With regard to the matter at hand, I know the following: on the early morning of 18 March 1942, Gestapo men arrived at my place and arrested my husband Jan. He was taken to the school in Kazanów, along with a large number ofpeople from Karolin. He and the other men were detained at the school until 12.00 p.m. Then, after a trial lasting only a few minutes, they were killed in a German way, that is by a shot to the back of the head.

I don’t know exactly how my husband was executed because I wasn’t allowed to leave the house. I heard from people that the arrestees were so badly beaten with sticks and rifle butts that it was impossible to recognize them. Before the execution they were tied together in fives and had their hands tied behind their backs. They were executed in Józef Gram’s courtyard in Karolin. The Germans killed about 75 people from Karolin and other villages. All the victims were suspected of being part of some underground organization.

At this the report was brought to a close, read out and signed.