A Jewish Christmas
September 1, 1939 the German army invaded Poland. By December 25, 1940 the
Germans had built several death camps in Poland in which they were killing
Polish Jews as well as German Jews transported to Poland in cattle cars.
December 25, 1940 a Catholic priest and a Protestant minister appeared at the
camp. The priest celebrated mass for the Catholic camp killers and the minister
gave a long sermon. When services concluded, the prison guards climbed on a
waiting truck. Each guard had a rifle with a bayonet planted on it. The guards
were seated on two benches on the truck and ten Jews were forced to stand in the
middle of the truck together with two snarling dogs.
the truck left the camp and was driven five miles to a Jewish hospital. Arrived
at the door, the truck was parked sideways at the façade of the hospital. The
Jews and the dogs were taken off the truck to stand in the street as the dogs
ran back and forth behind the Jews to insure none escaped.
two guards entered the hospital. Soon two windows on the third floor were opened
as the two guards appeared at the windows and seemed to throw two packages out
of the windows. As the “packages” came nearer it turned out that the
“packages” were newborn Jewish babies which the guards in the truck tried to
catch on their bayonets. One man was very good at that game, as he killed
several babies tossed out the windows as the screaming mothers inside were heard
from the street. Most of the babies fell into the truck or the street as their
little bodies were broken on the cement.
guards were competing with one another to see who could catch more babies on his
there were no more “Christ killers” to be thrown out the windows, the Jews
were forced to pick up the broken dead bodies and toss them into a nearby ditch.
Then the guards, the Jews, and the dogs were driven back to the camp.
had been a Jewish Christmas.