27th May 1948
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Re: Incident at Neu Freimann. May 1946
I, Hyman J. Wachtel, former Director of UNRRA Team 560, which was then known as the Neu Freimann Siedlung, witnessed the following measures:
At a Football Match which took place about 100 meters From the Camp on/or about May 1946, a woman known as Regina Sheinberg (formerly Regina Kopietz) was accused by a girl of being a "kapo" in Auschwitz.
People gathered around and started to scream "kapo" and threatened this woman's life.
Two people who lived opposite Neu Freimann but were registered in the camp, namely Mr. Lederman and Mr. Avrol, immediately called me from the other side of the field and swore that they knew this woman and were ready to swear for her integrity. They also told me that this woman was pregnant and begged me to interview the girl and find out if the accusations were true or false.
As the UNRRA Director, I was also responsible for the maintenance of law and order of the population in the camp, and therefore processed to have the crowd dispersed and took the accused woman to my office within the camp.1 I then asked the people to bring anyone to the office who knew this woman in Auschwitz. Four girls, whose names I do not now remember, appeared in my office and in the presence of the Camp Committee, I interrogated these girls separately. After an examination that took about two hours, the following was concluded by the District Attorney in the camp and myself:-
None of these witnesses would admit to having seen this woman molest anyone, or admit that they were molested by her. They would also not admit that they had seen anyone pay her any money for food, nor did they pay her any money themselves.
The next day, at her own request, I turned this woman over to the Central Committee in order for them to clear her name.
Supply Director AJDC2