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13 December 1946

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Q: Were 100 Catholic priests forced to submit to the malaria experiments?

A: Yes

Q: Were you given an opportunity to protest your being subjected to this experiment?

A: At the beginning a protest would have been like a death sentence. There was a sudden change at the end of the year 1943 in our general treatment. They were not officially allowed to lodge a protest. It was easier to have a word, and protest against further experiments.

Q: Did the protest do any good ?

A: In my own case, and that of one of my fellow priests, the protest was successful, and I escaped a fifth injection, after the fourth I had. I know, however, in many cases, a protest was useless even at that time.

Q: What result did this malaria injection have upon you, and the other priests who were subjected to malaria injections ?

A: At first we got a fever for about three hours. After three hours, we felt extremely cold and started shaking with cold. Then the fever started again, and the whole process continued sometimes for as many as nine days. My own brother, who is also a Polish priest, and is till in this camp, had, for nine days, daily higher fever, as high as 41 or 42 centigrade. Generally they were in a very bad state of health and there were several cases of death.

Q: Over what period of time were you subjected to these four experiments?

A: They began the experiment on me in December 1942 and the last was back in June of 1943.

Q: Who performed these experiments upon you and the other priests?

A: That was SS Obergruppenfuehrer, Professer Schilling.

Q: Did Dr. Schilling ever tell you by whose order he was making these experiments?

A: No, he never said anything to us. He treated us like dogs. When I protested to Dr. Schilling in person, I tried, at first, to talk French to him, because he knew that language; and it is easier for me than to talk German. He told me, in fact, he stopped me at once, and said, "In this camp we speak in German!" When, after that, I protested in German language



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