Kielce Gestapo Prison

Next to the castle in Kielce is a prison that dates back to the nineteenth century. When the Germans invaded Poland in September 1939, the prison was used for captured Polish prisoners of war. In October Gestapo took over the prison and began imprisoning Polish citizens opponent to Nazi occupation. Prisoners were interrogated and sometimes brute force was used force out confessions or concessions from the prisoners. Executions took also place at the prison. Prisoners were also sent to other prisons or concentration camps. About 16,000 people went through the prison before it was taken over by the Soviet Security Service, NKVD, in January, 1945. The only difference was that this time it was NKVD who conducted interrogations. 

Current status: Preserved with museum (2019).

Address: Zamkowa 3, 25–010 Kielce.

Get there: Walk from central Kielce.

My comment:

A moderately large but very interesting museum where several prison cells remain. Dark sound effects in the basement gives the feeling of getting closer to history.

Follow up in books: Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head: The story of Hitler’s SS (1969).