On 8 January 1946 in Radom, Investigating Judge Kazimierz Borys of the II District of the Regional Court in Radom with its seat in Radom interviewed the person mentioned hereunder as a witness, without taking an oath. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations, the witness testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Leon Krzyszkowski|
|Age||76 years old|
|Parents’ names||Łukasz and Antonina|
|Place of residence||Firlej, commune of Wielogóra|
|Occupation||medical auxiliary, veterinary surgeon|
|Relationship to the parties||none|
In April 1940, covered trucks started passing from the direction of Radom towards the sands of Firlej. This usually occurred in the afternoons. Later, you could hear shots and human cries from the direction of the sands where the vehicles had gone. It was clear that shootings were taking place there.
The executions were repeated with regularity, nearly daily, throughout the German occupation. Every week, a dozen or so trucks would arrive in Firlej with people intended to be shot.
I was not a witness to any of these executions, and therefore I don’t know how the victims were murdered. Judging by the sound of gunshots, however, I would suppose that they were killed using machine guns.
In the autumn of 1943, the residents of Firlej and Wincentów whose houses were located near the execution site were expelled. Following their removal, the Germans started burning the bodies, while the place where they set up the pyre was screened with straw mats. I don’t know whether the corpses were burned at one single point, or whether there were more such locations. The burning was conducted day and night. You could see smoke and fire from afar, and smell the stench of burnt human flesh. These incinerations ended in the spring of 1944. But the executions were renewed.
After the burning, people would once again be driven off to the sands and shot there. They no longer burned the bodies, however.
The final executions were held just days before the entry of the Red Army.
Basing on my own observations, I think that a few thousand people perished in Firlej. I don’t know where they came from, and especially if they were from Radom only. I know that they were brought in from the direction of the city, and I therefore surmise that before their deaths they were incarcerated at the prison in Radom.
The report was read out.