“The Hanging Ritual”, drawing by Vittore Bocchetta, undated<br /><br />Prisoners were forced to watch executions during the roll call. Here the SS officer is supervising two function prisoners who were forced to carry out the execution.
“The Hanging Ritual”, drawing by Vittore Bocchetta, undated

The SS assembled and counted the prisoners every morning on the roll call grounds. The prisoners were often forced to witness executions during roll call. When the roll call count did not match with the SS lists, the prisoners were forced to remain standing until the SS either corrected the count, determined whether a prisoners had died elsewhere in the camp, or located an escaped prisoner. The roll call was one of the daily hardships of life in the concentration camp.

At first, the roll call grounds were muddy and unpaved. In late 1944, the SS had the square paved with quarry rocks. As the numbers of prisoners increased, another area in the east of the camp was also used for roll calls.

In the 1950s, tennis courts and a parking lot for visitors to the tax authority building and outdoor swimming pool were built on the former roll call grounds.

“Shit Commando”, drawing by Vittore Bocchetta, undated<br /><br />The eastern section of the Hersbruck subcamp, which was also used as a second roll call grounds, became covered in mud after rainfall. Wooden boardwalks lead to the barracks. Prisoners from the punishment commandos were forced to remove feces from the latrines, between the barracks, and from the muddy square.
“Shit Commando”, drawing by Vittore Bocchetta, undated
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