The cell block and the beating rack

The cell block

"I was locked in the bunker, suffering from the lack of food: one soup every 4 days… and I didn't know how long I would have to stay there. The night was no joke: without a mattress, I could not stretch out and my sore behind made it impossible to sit. I spent the night crouched holding my ankles and emptying my bladder… The nights in May were cold in the mountains, and the cold stimulated my bladder. Without a pot, I had to use my soup bowl which I emptied out the window."

André RAGOT, a French deportee, a doctor and member of the Buckmaster network, was arrested and imprisoned in Auxerre, then at Cherche-Midi in Paris, before being deported as an NN prisoner to the Natzweiler-Struthof camp where he arrived in November 1943. In 1944, he was locked in the bunker after receiving a flogging for coming late for roll-call.

Struthof, KL-NATZWEILER, Block cellulaire

The beating rack

"According to the authorities, a deportee had tried to escape from the work Kommando to which he was assigned. The man was tied by his arms and legs to the beating rack. We heard the first screams of pain as he was beaten with the Gummi (truncheon), then he went silent. The man had passed out, but the blows still fell on his defenceless body at a steady pace…"

Roger MONTY, a French deportee, part of the Défense de la France movement, was arrested after being betrayed, imprisoned at Fresnes and then Romainville. He was deported to the Natzweiler-Struthof camp as an NN prisoner in January 1944.