Jewish Woman Testifies Before Belgian Military Court on Tortures Suffered in Nazi Camp
Menu JTA Search

Jewish Woman Testifies Before Belgian Military Court on Tortures Suffered in Nazi Camp

A middle-aged Jewish woman today broke down and wept in a Belgian military court during her testimony against Philip Johann Schmitt, former commander of a Nazi concentration camp at Breendonck, Reuters reported.

Mrs. Stimea Osnos, who was captured by the Nazis during the war while she was serving as a member of the Belgian Resistance, testified that Schmitt personally conducted her “interrogation” in 1942 during which she was forced to stand 12 hours a day in an unlighted cell and was whipped and shocked by electricity as well as placed in a “sweat box” where steam jets were played on her body. Schmitt smiled throughout her testimony.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund