Warsaw, 23 August 1948. Judge Halina Wereńko, a member of the District Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Warsaw, interviewed the person named below as an unsworn witness. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations, the witness testified as follows:
|Name and surname||Witold Józef Fultyn|
|Parents’ names||Ludwik and Marianna|
|Date of birth||33 years|
|Citizenship and nationality||Polish|
|Place of residence||Pruszków|
|Occupation||head of a secondary school in Pruszków|
By way of a supplement to my testimony given on 3 January 1946, I would like to add the following:
In the afternoon of 6 August 1944, in the hall of the Gestapo building at aleja Szucha 25, the Germans gathered eight priests who had been detained on the previous day at the Church of the Savior. The group included the following priests: Cegłowski, Włodarczyk (currently the parish priest in Pelcowizna), Pogorzelski (currently the parish priest of the Parish of St. Charles Borromeo at Chłodna Street), Zdunek (currently in Warsaw, but I do not know his address), Ostrowski (deceased), Józef (I do not remember his surname) from the Kraków Diocese, a priest whose surname I do not remember, and myself. The Gestapo men escorting us said that the general would arrive in a minute and address us with a speech. A while later, a German general arrived, accompanied by a few high-ranking officers, and spoke to us in a harsh and strident tone. He said that we were to return to the Church of the Savior and persuade the people to abandon the Uprising, and also that there were insurgents in the Church of the Savior who were shooting at the Germans. He threatened that otherwise the church would be bombed.
The general’s speech was translated into Polish by someone from his entourage. We were not informed of the surname of the general who spoke to us.
Later on, when we were in the Church of the Savior, the majority of the priests were of the opinion that we had been addressed by general von dem Bach.
The general who spoke to us was just above average height, well-built, with an oval face, and wore glasses.
I find it difficult to recognize the general in the photograph that was printed in an issue of Życie Warszawy, and shown to myself (the photograph of von dem Bach from the issue of Życie Warszawy dated 28 January 1947 was presented to the witness), because then (i.e. on 6 August 1944) he was wearing a cap. I can only state that he was very similar to the photograph of von dem Bach presented to me today.
On the evening of the same day, Father Zdunek visited a German general at the Gestapo building, and begged him not to sanction the bombardment of the Church of the Savior. I do not know whether he talked with the same general who spoke to us, or whether he knew his surname.
At this point the report was brought to a close and read out.