... we learned in the course of the large-scale action that the whole ghetto was systematically equipped with
cellars, dug-outs, and passages. In every case these passages and dug-outs were connected with the sewer
system. Thus, the Jews were able to maintain undisturbed subterranean traffic. They also used this sewer
network for escaping subterraneously into the Aryan part of the city of Warsaw. Continuously, we received
reports of attempts of Jews to escape through the sewer holes. While pretending to build airraid shelters they
had been erecting dug-outs within the former ghetto ever since the autumn of 1942. These were intended to
conceal every Jew during the new evacuation action, which they had expected for quite a time, and to enable
them to resist the invaders in a concerted action. Through posters, handbills, and whisper propaganda, the
communistic resistance movement actually brought it about that the Jews entered the dug-outs as soon
as the new large-scale operation started. How far their precautions went can be seen from the fact that many
of the dug-outs had been skillfully equipped with furnishings sufficient for entire families, washing and bathing
facilities, toilets, arms and munition supplies, and food supplies sufficient for several months. There were
differently equipped dug-outs for rich and for poor Jews. To discover the individual dug-outs was difficult
for the units, as they had been efficiently camouflaged. In many cases, it was possible only through betrayal
on the part of the Jews.
When only a few days had passed, it became apparent that the Jews no longer had any intention to resettle
voluntarily, but were determined to resist evacuation with all their force and by using all the weapons at their
disposal. So-called battle groups had been formed, led by Polish-Bolshevists; they were armed and paid
any price asked for available arms.
During the large-scale action we succeeded in catching some Jews who had already been evacuated and
resettled in Lublin or Treblinka, but had broken out from there...