On 14 August 1947 in Katowice, district investigating judge in Katowice, Judge W. Mędlewski, with the participation of a reporter, Stefan Krawczyk, interviewed the person named below as an unsworn witness. Having been advised of the criminal liability for making false declarations, the witness testified as follows:

Name and surname Chaim Malawer
Age 42 years old
Parents’ names Leib and Hana, née Rand
Place of residence Katowice, Rynek Street 8, flat 3
Occupation cutter
Criminal record none
Relationship to the parties none

I met defendant Alice Orlowski in April 1944 in the Płaszów camp. She stayed in that camp until October 1944.

On 23 or maybe 24 May 1944 there was a roll call for all men and women. During this roll call, Hauptsturmführer Dr. Blanke, a physician, carried out a selection of prisoners, separating the healthy from those unfit for work. During this roll call, I witnessed how the defendant whipped female prisoners and pulled them by the hair. A dozen or so days after the roll call I witnessed how Orłowski, who was a Blockführer [block leader] in block 9 (women’s block), carried out searches and divested the prisoners of all objects of greater value, such as shoes, silken underwear, dresses made of better material, powder, lipsticks, etc. I had to carry these items to her office (Blockstube). These items were not deposited in the camp warehouse (Effektenkamer).

In June there was a roll call during which the prisoners who had been determined unfit for work during the above-mentioned roll call were separated from the rest. These prisoners were deported to the Auschwitz crematoriums. During the roll call, defendant Orlowski supervised a group of some 150 children aged from six to ten years.

I witnessed how Orlowski grabbed a six-year old child (by the surname of Hausman) by the legs and banged the head of the child against the block’s stone threshold until she killed the little one. I would like to emphasize that I often saw defendant Orlowski beat the prisoners with her hand or whip.

I worked as a bath attendant (Bademeister) in the camp. Orlowski brought the inmates to the bathhouse at least once a week. Once, she gave me a wad of dollars and a gold chain for safekeeping in the bathhouse; she took these items from prisoners who came in a transport from Drohobycz. I handed these things over to Orlowski.

More information pertaining to the defendant could be provided by: Erna Beler, Wrocław; Ms. Kaufman, Katowice, Kościuszki Street; Lusia Banach from Czech Teschen.