Uprising in the Budy Camp? in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XVIII

Adam Rutkowski


An Attempted Uprising of the Jewish Women Prisoners in the Budy Camp?

Not one of the French women deportees to Budy, a subsidiary camp of Auschwitz, survived the war. Consequently, there are no testimonies of the victims and no official report from the Nazi authorities of the atrocities committed at the Budy penal colony, established in June 1942. However, some scattered reports relating to Budy did emanate from Auschwitz. Conditions there were worse than at Auschwitz and the death toll was high. The kapos were viciously depraved German women criminals and prostitutes who hated the Jewish women. They feared that after the war their brutality would be exposed. Apparently, in October 1942 the German kapos, incited by the male SS perimeter guards, attacked the ninety French Jewish inmates and beat or stabbed them to death for allegedly revolting against the authorities. Those who survived the massacre were summarily shot or murdered by an injection of phenol into the heart. No prisoner remained alive to tell this dreadful tale. The German women kapos participating in the foul deed received similar fatal injections. From the available evidence, it may be concluded that an uprising by the Jewish victims was not the reason for their slaughter.

מפרט המוצר
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 1987
Catalog No. 198708
No. of Pages 16 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XVIII, pp. 259-274, Edited by Aharon Weiss
Publisher Yad Vashem