Warsaw, 30 March 1946. Investigative Judge Halina Wereńko, delegated to the Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes, interviewed the person named below as a witness. Having advised the witness of the criminal liability for making false declarations and of the significance of the oath, the Judge took the oath, following which the witness testified:

Name and surname Mikołaj Łącki
Parents’ names Paweł and Anna née Protasewicz
Date of birth 30 October 1888
Occupation clerk in the Municipal Board
Place of residence Warsaw, Chmielna Street 25
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Criminal record none

Before the war, I was a health services inspector for the Municipal Board of Warsaw. During Warsaw’s defense and the subsequent German occupation, I was working as the chief of Municipal Health Service of the Municipal Board in Warsaw.

I didn’t know Leist personally, nor did I encounter him on professional grounds. I’m unable to say when he came to Warsaw, what his professional rank was nor state any other facts regarding Leist. I only heard an unconfirmed rumor from my Municipal Board colleagues, that Leist – being the Warsaw starost – was exploiting his position to acquire material goods.

Not having any sort of relationship with Leist, I should only mention what kind of harassment I experienced from the German authorities. Mind you, while I list these things, I don’t know to what extent Leist is responsible for them and how much other German authorities were. Allow me to enumerate: 1) Prolonging the working hours, which now lasted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in very hard conditions;

2) Leaving the matter of municipal workers’ salaries unsettled. They were disproportionate in comparison to the rates on the market on the one hand, and the number of working hours on the other;

3) Poor food supplies in the city; it was clearly the starost’s responsibility to acquire reasonable amounts of food rations. However, the supplied rations were extremely poor. Quotas for workers were assigned after calculating calories per person. It was assumed by the Germans that a person should get 700 calories a day. The statistics department estimated that each worker was getting 700 calories, but that number was calculated with the presumption that the provided products were of good quality, while they were very poor;

4) In case of one of the clerks being arrested by the Gestapo, the starost never intervened nor showed any interest in the case;

5) The municipal budget in the area of school hygiene was very tight right from the beginning of the occupation. It was clear that the purpose was to limit the care for children via budget restrictions. Doctors were secretly making great efforts to oppose that.

6) The starost cooperated with the Labor Office (Arbeitsamt) in deporting civilians for labor in the Reich. Municipal Board tried to resist that by creating medical committees by the Health Center in order to examine whether their patients were suitable for work and whether they could go to the Reich. Of course, the doctors of the committee were on the side of the civilians, albeit risking their own safety.

The report was read out.