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As treated the Soviet prisoners of war in you grosslazart 103 ? Road to hell.

Maxim Andreevich Ermakov dreamed of a peace profession and came to the Minsk medical institute. But the country prepared for war, and the yesterday`s student, only - only gained the diploma, in 1939 called up for Red Military service.

At that time nobody considered military as idlers, and the young doctor had to learn in justice of public opinion by own experience. Reunion of the Western Belarus, Finnish, liberation of Baltic - any of these companies did not do without Maxim Andreevich`s participation. From the beginning of the Great Patriotic War it was necessary to learn bitterness of defeats wholly. From Bialystok to Voronezh a way remote. And all on the East

Military career progressed promptly. In the war as - on an office ladder the one who survived moves. Maxim Ermakov was lucky, and to fall of 1942 - go, three years later after the termination of medical institute he was already the chief of divisional medical battalion, the battalion commander if to apply infantry terminology.

But in November, 1942 difficult military life suddenly broke, and the period which life to call difficult began. In fights in the Voronezh region the contused doctor was taken prisoner. The survival period which lasted for infinite two months began.

Long columns of prisoners drove to the city of Rossosh from where on open platforms sent to the back, to Kharkiv. On the arrival of all who could not descend independently from platforms fascists shot. In several days, after mockeries and tortures shot commissioners among whom there were also ordinary officers who did not manage to prove to enemies that they are not political workers.

Also the contused doctor was among sentenced. Rescued its German formalism. At the place of official execution of red commissioners there was the German doctor. Maxim Andreevich managed to address him and to report that they are colleagues. The fascist became interested, arranged to the prisoner the real examination, and after poll cancelled execution.

Next day prisoners were shipped in cars again. This time in covered commodity, on 60 people in each car, also carried in the unknown direction. Nearly three days of a door were tightly closed. In cars there was an intolerable stench from natural human departures and the decaying corpses of the dead.

Cars opened in Kremenchuk. Arranged to prisoners lunch . On the surrounded protection with dogs to a platform along structure the cesspool car covered with a thick layer of sewer deposits slowly moved ahead. The prisoner in garrison caps and floors of overcoats from a hose spilled thin smelly water with rotten potato and rotten millet. The Soviet prisoners of war are not the people, savages thrown by own government. They were confused by neither a stench, nor an unattractive type of the tank, nor a beating, nor protection hails. They on - animal were hungry, and them, those who did not manage to die, at last fed.

From the next way from windows of the passenger train watched a picture and friendly the clean and fattened men and women encouraged prisoners waves of hands. It were the civilized people, the German tourists who were going round new possession of a Reich.

Kremenchuk - about a half of a way. The following stop, final, was in Slavuta. The destination - grosslazart 103 . Medical institution for wounded and sick Soviet prisoners of war.

All road took five days. From sixty people going by the car with doctor Ermakov did not live up to a terminal point 19. As much came to a platform independently. 12 more exhausted could creep up to an exit, and carried away them in infirmary on a stretcher. The remained ten who could not move at all were shot down, and corpses dumped in the trenches which are dug out in advance. Approximately the same statistics was on all train from eighteen cars. Every week grosslazart accepted three such structures.

If knew survived what expects them. Many of them would envy the dead.