One daring escape from Auschwitz was staged by Eugeniusz Bendera, Kazimierz Piechowski, Stanisław Gustaw Jaster, and Józef Lempart. On June 20, 1942. After breaking into a warehouse, the four dressed as members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände (the SS units responsible for concentration camps), armed themselves with guns, and stole an SS staff car, which they then drove unchallenged through the main gate.
If caught, they were not going to shoot at the Germans because they knew the retribution that would then be taken on the other prisoners would be horrific. Instead, they planned to shoot themselves.
Once they reached a checkpoint, one of them yelled “Damn buggers, open up! How long shall we wait here?!” The guards them complied and let them pass.
This event has been recreated on film, narrated by Former concentration camp political prisoner Kazimierz Piechowski and can be viewed here: [x]
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