Rena had been in Auschwitz for 85 days, over 3 months. She has 1048 days to go. It was raining today and 20 degrees centigrade, but the temperature will drop for the rest of the week down to 12 degrees in the day time and 8 at night.
“The Penal Company for women is set up in the town of Budy, about 4.5 miles from the main camp. 200 female Polish prisoners…* are sent to the Penal Company… The women live in the attic and cellar of the school building…in the room there is only straw and wood shavings. [They] are used for hard labor, for example, cleaning the fish ponds, cutting reeds, digging drainage ditches, etc. The fist director of the penal camp in Budy is SS Supervisoer Elfriede Runge.** The camp is guarded by 25 SS men with dogs.
24 female prisoners sent in a group transport receive Nos. 8027-8050″ (Czech 186-7).
18 Czech and 22 Polish prisoners are shot in the courtyard of Block 11 at the execution wall.
* A few days later, about 200 Slovak and French Jewish women and German female prisoners who fill the role of Capos are also sent to the Penal Company.
** In October Runge is replaced by SS Supervisor Elisabeth Hasse, who Rena #1716 mentions in her memoir.