Clipped From The Guardian
CAMP LIFE" Systematic (From our Special Diirgoy is one of the most dreaded of the German concentration camps. The inmates number over 300. Most of them are from the neighbouring town of Breslau. Camp life is as hard as malignant ingenuity can make it, and the food is not enough to keep hunger away. Daily toil alternates with military drill, patriotic instruction, and readings from Hitler's " My Struggle." Nightly rest is often broken by fire-drill. fire-drill. fire-drill. When the word "Kaus" (get out) is shouted through the camp the prisoners dash out into the open, do strenuous military drill, return to their quarters, and often, as soon as they have dropped off to sleep, are roused again. Fire drill usually takes place when the camp commandants have stayed in Breslau until a late hour. When they are known to be away many prisoners do not bother to undress, for the night is sure to be sleepless and utterly exhausting. The most unfortunate of the prisoners are former trade union officials, Socialist municipal councillois, or those who were at all prominent in the Socialist party or in the Reichsbanner (generally speaking Socialists are treated worse than Communists in the IN GERMANY Brutality Correspondents.) German concentration camps). They are subjected to special violence and humiliation. The Republican colours black, red, and gold are fouled from time to time, and these prisoners are then compelled to wash .them. Or they are forced to enter a neighbouring pigsty and shake hands with the pigs, greeting them as " comrades," amid the jeers of the Nazi guards. One of the prisoners was paraded through the streets of Breslau on July 11 and 12 with the three arrows of the "Iron Front" sewn conspicuously on his trousers. Mache, the former Mayor of Breslau, and his son are both in the camp. A Reichsbanner leader who has been in camp for months has been flogged many times he must by now have received between one and two hundred strokes. The physical torments inflicted on the prisoners are kept secret, and it is only with difficulty that any details can be ascertained, but almost all prisoners receive a flogging when they first arrive. Many of the prisoners have broken bones. Once a fortnight the prisoners are marched through the streets of Breslau. They are compelled to sing as they go. They are grey-faced grey-faced grey-faced and hollow-eyed, hollow-eyed, hollow-eyed, and so utterly worn down that even their friends, who wait to see them as they pass, can hardly recognise them.