One hundred and one Uzbek. Their usual feat in a Dutch concentration camp
In this story there will be no tanks, heroic attacks on pillboxes, breakthroughs of super-reinforced German lines of defense. All this, 101 Uzbek failed to commit. They simply remained people in inhuman circumstances.
This story happened in 1941, when Soviet troops suffered huge losses in the surrounding boilers. Most were taken prisoner. Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians ... Everything, including Uzbeks. Soldiers were sent to concentration camps located throughout Europe. One of them - "Amersfoort" was located in the Netherlands, near the city of the same name. They were brought there in wagons for transporting livestock of the 101st Soviet soldier.
One of the prisoners of the Dutch, who was in this camp, wrote in his diary that they were completely different from the Russians: they were low, with dark skin and a different eye shape. Unlike the rest of the prisoners, this group was not placed in a hut, but was driven into a pen, fenced with barbed wire under the open sky. The prisoners were clearly prepared for something.They were practically not fed, they were forced to do the hardest work, and then they were beaten. The camp guards called them "subhumans."
And then the film crew came to the camp. Specially selected German soldiers lined up around the perimeter of the pen - all as if on selection, dressed with a needle, tall, blond. Just a perfect contrast with dark, short and well-groomed prisoners.
A car arrived, the Germans opened the trunk. It contained fresh bread. And the German officer deftly, with a beautiful gesture, threw one of the rolls "on camera" in the center of the pen. The Germans planned to shoot a mass brawl of prisoners for bread, then to show in a propaganda film how Soviet "subhumans" fight over food, and the Aryans bring order. But the film could not be removed.
After the bun landed in the dirt of the paddock, the crowd did not rush to it. In the final silence, one of the prisoners approached the bun, took it in his hands, put it to his forehead and went to the others. The Uzbeks sat in a circle, legs crossed crosswise, as they have taken. The loaf was handed over to the oldest of the prisoners, he broke off a small piece and handed it to the youngest, then broke off another piece ... The latter took it for himself.Uzbeks slowly eaten that bread, read a prayer, and then rose from the ground.
They were selected specifically to capture the prisoners were not as similar to the Germans. They tried to torture me to the bestial state, so that they would arrange a slaughter for food on the cameras. But in the end it turned out that even in the most hopeless situation, they remained people.
The final of the story is ordinary. The prisoners were once again severely beaten. They were not immediately dealt with, left in the camp for several months. Until April 1942, 77 people survived. And then they were shot in the woods.
The story resembles Sholokhov's “The Fate of a Man”, when Andrei Sokolov, in his concentration camp, after his famous “I don't bite after the first one”, brought bread and butter to the barracks and cutting out, said the equally famous: “For all”. The search for everything connected with the prisoners of war at this camp is carried out by Dutch search engines, who unearthed this story about 101 Uzbeks, actually kept in this concentration camp from September to April 1942.