God, in my sorrow, I turn to Thee."
We reached a small village by late afternoon. We numbered
thousands, hungry and exhausted. An Austrian peasant brought a
bag of apples to the edge of the fence and started to throw
them toward us. The reaction of the prisoners was wild. But
the peasant paid a dear price: she was shot on sight.
Yet the SS members sometimes surprised us with their
actions. Together they performed their duties without
hesitation, whatever the cruel or vile act. However, alone,
when not seen by their comrades, some of them behaved quite
differently indeed. For instance, once during a march, an SS
soldier rudely broke the line, then secretly handed out
sandwiches. On another occasion, the soldiers
"mistakenly" gave out more food than the ration
permitted. Humanity can be seen even in such a place as this!
It was as if rare vegetation had appeared miraculously on a
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