In the darkest recesses of Hitler’s hellish concentration camp system, four young Polish Girl Guides were desperate for the world to know about the barbaric experiments that were being carried out on them.
Initiated by the NKVD but soon handed over to the newly-installed secret police, the UB, within weeks thousands of Poles were again behind barbed wire at the former death camp.
TFN’s Stuart Dowell travels to the city of Bydgoszcz where he unravels the extraordinary story of one man’s literal fight for survival in a concentration camp nicknamed the ‘bone grinder’ by its SS guards.
The detailed descriptions that the group wrote of German crimes made their way to the Polish underground and eventually to the International Red Cross, the Vatican and the Polish government-in-exile in London. Twenty-seven were later found by one of the writer’s daughters after being hidden for decades in some old furniture.