Prisoners of the San Sabba Concentration Camp being brutalised



Prisoners of the San Sabba Concentration Camp being brutalised


Prisoners kept in the Risiera di San Sabba Concentration Camp are brutalised by German soldiers. Some men are chained to the support columns with manacles, whilst others lie on the ground. In the background a group is pulling a cart with bodies loaded on it. A group of civilians is visible on the right hand side of the picture, some dressed in blue and white striped clothing with a yellow Star of David badge. A group of men in uniform is featured prominently in the foreground, one of them holding a whip.

Label reads “141”; signed by the author; caption reads “TRIESTE, RISIERA di S. SABBA, Dicembre 1943 – Agosto 1944. (I) Unico Lager di sterminio Nazista operante in Italia, per il 3o Reich Trieste e il litorale adriatico di Reiner era “Adriatisches Kusterland [Adriatisches Kustenland], e a salvaguardia di esso, erano dei feroci aguzzini “Gruppenfhurer und Generaleutenant der polizei [Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei] Globocnik, Joseph Oberhauser. Capitano Kalzl Werner Dubois, Dietrich Allers, Otto Stadic il boia della Risiera, Enric Gley, sottufficiale Konrad Geng, Corrado Klen. Il commando “Durhganas und polizei-lager, rastrellave gli ebrei si impossessava dei loro beni, li concentrava alla Risiera, per avviarli in Germania. Ma la maggior parte 3000 vittime, sono state soppresse con il sistema, “Treblinka durch-motorenabgase” [Treblinka durch-motorabgase] cioè gassazione con lo scarico di motori a nafta, con gli ebrei c’erano politici e partigiani italiani, e jugoslavi, i loro corpi finivano nei forni, poi le ossa e le ceneri disperse nel mare li vicino.”

Caption translates as: “Trieste, San Sabba rice husking mill – December 1943-August 1944. (1) The only Nazi extermination camp in Italy, operating for the Third Reich in the Operational Zone of the Adriatic Littoral led by Friedrich Rainer. Ferocious jailors were tasked to defend it: Josef Oberhauser, Gruppenführer and general lieutenant of Globocnik’s police; captain Karl Werner Dubois; Dietrich Allers; Otto Stadie, the rice husking mill executioner; Enric Gley; Konrad Geng, petty officer; and Corrado Klen. The command of the “Durchgangs- und Polizeilager” (transit camps and police barracks) was mopping up Jews and seized of their properties, incarcerated them at the rice husking mill before dispatching them to Germany. The majority - 3,000 people - were gassed using with exhaust fumes from diesel engines. This method was used in the Treblinka extermination camp (“Treblinka durch die Abgase des Motors”). Together with the Jews were Italian and Yugoslav political prisoners and partisans. Their corpses were thrown in the ovens; their bones and ashes were scattered in the nearby sea.”

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Angiolino Filiputti, “Prisoners of the San Sabba Concentration Camp being brutalised,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 23, 2024,

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