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Appell

means roll call; they were a daily feature of camp life. Prisoners had to stand at roll calls morning and night.

The roll calls were punitive as the prisoners were pointlessly made to stand for hours outside in inclement weather. Even dead prisoners had to be turned out and counted. Selections occurred at roll calls where the weaker prisoners would be culled for extermination.


Source: Various survivor memoirs (see Bibliography).



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