„I had a sitting task, but there were prisoners who had to stand at machines all day. Beatings were the order of every day. The SS guards beat with their fists, with a cudgel, sometimes an iron bar, a comrade was so badly beaten she lost consciousness. We had to carry her back to the camp.
The civilian workers beat us for any minuscule thing, because of insolence, because of work errors and for any reason that offered itself. There were also punishments for which the women had to stand outside in the rain for hours. I myself had to stand outside a few times for punishment, for up to four hours. You had to stand to attention, but the guards didn’t watch that all the time.
[…]With regard to the work I would like to add that you could be accused of sabotage very quickly. It was enough just to touch this little precision switch, which was very delicate, with insufficient care, and you earned two lashes. In severe cases, a woman would be hanged. […]“
– Janina Pawlak, * 1914, Poland; Siemens: April 1942 – November 1944, hall unknown