Leichenträger Ans Tor ! Bericht Aus Fünf Jahren Konzentrationslager - Corpse carrier to the gate! A report from five years in the concentration camp, by Schifko-Pungartnik Manfred, published by Ulrich Moser, Graz (Austria) - 1946 - first edition. A horrifying description of the atrocities committed by the Nazis in the Dachau and Mauthausen camps from a prisoner who himself went through the inferno. German.
Early testimony of a prisoner from the Dachau and Mauthausen camps. A political prisoner who was taken to Dachau, stayed there for about six months until the end of 1939, and then was transferred to Mauthausen, where he stayed for about 4 years! In Dachau, he witnessed the daily massacres carried out by the Nazis and describes them in detail. The main part of his story deals with his experiences in the Mauthausen camp where he stayed for a long time and survived, one of the few prisoners who stayed in Mauthausen for years and stayed alive. He describes the arduous morning roll calls, and the daily routine in the camp. At first he was taken to hard labor in the infamous quarry where hundreds of prisoners died every day by falling from height, while he miraculously survived. Among other things, he describes the murder of 1700 Austrian prisoners in the quarry area "one falls on top of the other... they writhe on the ground, and are shot dead". After six weeks of arduous work in the quarry climbing the stairs 12 times a day, he felt that his death was near: "I am lying on the grass behind the block, unable to take a single step", his life was miraculously saved by one of the camp prisoners who transferred him to the medical wing, where he rested for several days and gained strength.
In one of the chapters he tells about a transport of 7000 Dutch Jews that arrived at the camp, who were also taken to work in the quarry and murdered within about a week. He also describes in detail the way the gas chamber worked in the camp, and the mass murder it was used for by the Nazis, as well as the process of burning the bodies in the crematorium, the murder of the prisoners in the gas trucks, and the medical experiments the Nazis carried out on the bodies of the prisoners: "The killing here never ends... So many prisoners of war, Jews, and political prisoners... The outside world has no idea about what happens in a concentration camp...". He also describes the Nazi abuse of 15 prisoners who tried to escape from the camp and their horrific murder, and the Nazi abuse towards women who were brought to the camp.
Schifko was released from the camp after four years when it was decided that he had served his sentence as a political dissident. At the end of the booklet he gives a list of Austrian prisoners he knew who perished in Mauthausen - their place of origin, and the manner in which they died in the camp, he quotes the "Mauthausen Song" - the song that the prisoners used to sing and which instilled hope in their hearts: "...we want to say "yes" to life , a day will come and we will be free". He also lists the names of the camp commanders, the block commanders, and the doctors, while noting: "Each of these commanders had the right to kill prisoners in any way, anywhere in the camp where they encountered them", and finally he documents the capture of the camp commander Franz Ziereis by the allies at the end of the war, and more.
47  p. 21 cm. Very good condition.