This is supposedly a cartoon drawn by reputed "Aktion 1005 sonderkommando" Anatoli Garnik in cell number 7 of the Ninth Fort in Lithuanian, exactly one hour before the prisoner escape on Christmas Eve 1943.1 The cartoon was presumably taken on the escape by its organiser: sonderkommando Alex Faitelson, who must have also kept it safe until publishing it in one of his many books half-a-century later.
In his 1996 book Heroism & Bravery in Lithuania, Israeli Alex Faitelson (pictured with senior hoaxer Martin Gilbert in Jerusalem) writes:"In the concentration camp at Stutthof, there were corpse-burners who cooked potatoes on the flames while living people were burning together with the naked corpses."2
The Danish text below is taken from a 1969 edition of Nielsen's book:
"Rudolf fra Kolding fortalte mig senere:
- Vi var jo alle afstumpede og forhærdede, og vore Hjerner nægtede at fatte, hvad vi saa. Men jeg ved ikke, hvad der gjorde stærkest indtryk på mig, om det var at se de polske og russiske fanger stikke deres kogegrejer ind i ilden, når bålet var ved at brænde ned, for at koge deres organiserede kartofler, eller om det var, da jeg en"3
Translation (thanks to anon.):
"Rudolf from Kolding told me later:"organised" was concentration camp slang for pilfering or small-scale blackmarketeering.- We were all callous and hardened, you see, and our brains refused to believe what we saw. But I do not know what made the strongest impression on me, whether it was to see the Polish and Russian prisoners poking their cooking utensils into the fire when the pyre was about to burn down, to boil their 'organised' potatoes, or whether it was my discovery one day that there were living people [lying] between the naked corpses on the pyre"
1. Alex Faitelson, Heroism & Bravery in Lithuania 1941-1945, Jerusalem: Gefen, 1996, p.270.
2. Ibid., p.255.
3. Martin Nielsen, Rapport fra Stutthof, Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1969, p.26.