|In the center of this
area between blocks at Auschwitz
the SS officer in
charge of the roll-call received reports on the number of prisoners
present. If there seemed to be anyone missing, prisoners had to
continue to stand at attention until the SS were satisfied —
regardless of the weather, sometimes for 12 hours or more.
|To intimidate the prisoners, the SS also
conducted public hangings here. The largest such execution was carried
out on July 19, 1943, when 12 Poles suspected of helping three other
prisoners to escape and of maintaining contacts with the outside
world were hanged together. After the war, the Museum reconstructed
Source: Photo by Mitchell Bard from Auschwitz museum. All rights reserved.