Station office report to the First Dep. Directory of Railways
Two prisoner transports from Osvetim (Treblinka) passed railway
station Prelouc on 25 January 1945.
Both trains of about 60 open carriages each, made a short hold. Train
# 90858, arrival 09:45, departure 11:46 and train # 6226, arrival
16:19, departures 17:01.
The appearance of the train’s passengers was horrible. Frozen,
insufficiently dirty dressed prisoners standing in open carriages,
trying to keep them selves warm slowly moving, made an apocalyptic
Railroaders announced that several dead prisoners were spotted along
the line, apparently thrown out right before the stop. On some
carriages could be seen dead prisoners piled in the breaker’s box. In
end of each train was also an open carriage where also the death
prisoners were stored.
The insufficient dressed prisoners, some without shoes, suffered
heavily at –19° Celsius.
During the 2 hours hold, the train was strictly guarded, approaching
was prohibited. However few railway employs and some citizen tried to
give some bred to the starving people. The few prisoners brave enough
to climb down and collect some dirty snow to quench the thirst were
There was no food served during this hold. The prisoners capable to
communicate told that they are traveling 6 days without food. The dead
prisoners found along the line were collected and thrown in the last
The second train # 6226:
The prisoners and the conditions were mainly the same. The guards
appeared slightly more bully. The commander announced that every one
approaching the train will be shot. Even then, there was made attempt
to throw inn some bred. One prisoner, who climbed down the carriage,
trying to relieve oneself were shot in front of the gazing citizens.
This train did not collect the dead prisoners left along the line.
On the order of local police authority, all the dead found along the
line were collected in the cities mortuary; the two found between
Prelouc and Recany apparently still living, were examined by local
medical, Dr. Josef Pekař, and declared dead.
In all were collected 15 bodies’, the 6 belonging the first train were
loaded on it taken away. The remaining 9, from the second train, were
buried on the cities cemetery.
The prisoner’s numbers are:
200863, F 493, 169899, 183006
witness: All railway station employees during the day.
The station master Venkrbec
OVS, Pochody smrti, Hlášení, svazek P (Přelouč). 5. 11. 1945; úředně
ověřený opis z 8. 5. 1946.