The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend. (Arabic and Chinese proverbs.)
Beginning in 1941, the Germans put about 10,000 Soviet POWs in Auschwitz and then about 5,000 in Birkenau. According to international law, they were not supposed to be sent to concentration camps. But the Germans didn’t give a damn and ignored it. Then everyone tried to make money on them by killing them. Germans were free to make money by killing them. But I was a witness.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wesolych Swiat, Bozego Narodzenia i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
Auschwitz, the 30. August 1942
My dear mother!
What’s new with you my dear mother. I am anxious because I haven’t received a letter. I am healthy thank God but I don’t know how your health is. Please answer every letter I send because every message from you makes me really happy.
Auschwitz had a wonderful orchestra.
Capo Franz Nierychło was the Capo of the kitchen and he was the Kapellmeister (director) of the Lagerkapelle or camp orchestra. Go figure.