Pages from Witold’s report of 1943

Witold Pilecki

Polish History Museum

Polish History Museum
Warszawa, Poland

In 1942, mass transports of European Jews started to come to KL Auschwitz II – Birkenau, which was the way of implementing the plan of total extermination of the Jewish population. Then, the Germans started to erect a complex of four huge crematoria, which were completed between March and June of 1943 – that terrifying and most tragic machine of the Holocaust. Before his escape, Witold Pilecki had seen the beginnings of the murderous practices and wrote about them in his reports, also in the report of 1943. The information reached the Allied countries via the Polish Government in London.


  • Title: Pages from Witold’s report of 1943
  • Creator: Witold Pilecki
  • Date: 1943
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Transcript:
    From time to time, the SS-men visited a block. They gathered /in the evening/ Jews and ordered them to write letters home with a regular statement: “I am healthy and I am doing well.” These letters encouraged new groups of Jews to come who – learning about a good fate of their compatriots – were more willing to apply for “jobs in Germany”, and it meant new parcels for SS-men, as the authors of those letters were in the meantime exterminated.
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  • Contributor: The Central Archives of Modern Records
  • Original Source: The Central Archives of Modern Records
  • Credit: The Central Archives of Modern Records | signature 202/XVIII/1
  • Collection: Witold Pilecki

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