On 19 November 1947, the Municipal Court in Iłża, with Judge M. Pytlewski presiding, interviewed the person specified below as a witness, without administering an oath. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations and of the provisions of Article 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the witness testified as follows:

Name and surname Walenty Belica
Age 63 years old
Parents’ names Mikołaj and Marianna, née Wasiak
Place of residence Podsuliszka, Zalesice commune
Occupation farmer
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Criminal record none
Relationship to the parties father of the victim Tadeusz Belica

In August 1943, for about two days, German soldiers in green uniforms were quartered in the village of Podsuliszka. The Germans in green uniforms were also at the Modrzejowice estate.

The day before 15 August, I don’t remember the year, the Germans surrounded our village and the village of Suliszka in the morning, took all the men and several women, and rushed them to Modrzejowice. I was among them, with my son Tadeusz and daughter Marianna. They kept us in the yard during the day and locked us in the basement for the night. Young men were assigned numbers, the elders were not. The elders were kept separately. On 15 August we were escorted from the basement into the yard and after about two hours everyone was free to go home. The forester Woźniak from Antoniów, near Modrzejowice, was there when we were being released. When I returned home, I learnt that the young men had been killed in the Pakosław Forest. On the third day I went to the execution site in the forest, took the body of my deceased son Tadeusz out of the pit, and buried him in the cemetery in Alojzów.

I don’t know why they took and executed those young men. I didn’t know any of those Germans and I wouldn’t be able to recognize them today. All of the victims were buried separately in the cemetery in Alojzów.

The report was read out.