Max Drimmer

Max tells of his eyewitness account of Nazi torture and describes what it was like to have to live under such gruesome conditions.

There was one incident I will never forget. A little chubby Jewish guy from Mosemaspeden, and he was very religious. And he said, "Shma Israel." And what they called the leader of the barrack was called "block elderstir" and he told the SS man, you know, he just said to you, "Shma Israel." It sounds in German like "shvartza schwine, black pig." The man was beaten for six solid days. I didn't know a human being could stand that. And he still didn't die. So they put him in a bucket with water and turned him upside down, and that was the end. I didn't know a person could stand that kind of beating. He had no more skin, and he still didn't die after they drowned his head in a bucket of water. Or another guy had a big belly and in the evening we had to go out in the bigger plaza to be counted, the whole camp, on the floor, and they picked him out, naturally. He was standing out. So they threw him on the floor and they jumped on his belly like dancing. I mean I could tell you I have never known so many ways to how people can die, how people can get killed. That's what you learn in there, what you have seen in there.

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