The road kommando

“I had been assigned to the kommando in charge of building the road from the camp to the quarry…

It was sheer slave labour. Building a road while the sand and stone were frozen, digging holes in solid rock and ice to plant electric poles, carrying everything and anything, trying to look busy to avoid being kicked and beaten with pickaxes by the kapos or bitten by the S.S. guard dogs: that was our daily life. We had to work at a brutal pace. There was no concern for profitability, the only goal was our physical exhaustion. The purpose was to select, by physical elimination, those who would be sent to a factory to help the Nazi war effort.”