Understanding the vast range of individuals and groups who perpetrated the atrocities during the Holocaust is a difficult but critical element in the history. This audio reading explores one group--police battalions-who were organized locally much like the National Guard in the United States or other army units where soldiers were not full time. This unit Police Battalion 101 came from Hamburg, Germany but were assigned to the district outside of Lublin, Poland. The testimony recounted here came from the post-war interrogations from these soldiers and the events that took place.
In this segment of an interview conducted by Studs Terkel, Eileen Barthe, a government relief case worker during the Great Depression, remembers an experience that caused a recipient of relief to face deep humiliation.