Sport – a drawing by Jan Komski


“Sport” as the SS and capos called compulsory exercise, was considered a punishment equal to hard labor. Prisoners were made to assume all kinds of painful positions: roll (rollen) or crawl (kriechen) on the ground, jump or walk with deep knee-bends (hüpfen, Entengang), whirl in circles while standing on one leg, the other being raised (tanzen), fall down and get up (hinelegen/aufstehen), squat for some time (Kniebeugen), and run (Laufschritt). During these exercise prisoners were beaten often, and death was frequent.

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