The Execution of Hans Bonarewitz

The saying goes, “Music can soothe the savage beast,” but what if it is the savage beast that is using the music as a cynical form of evil and torture?

In July 1942, Hans Bonarewitz attempted to escape from the Mauthausen concentration camp by trying to hide himself inside a box and was captured on 30 July 1942. The picture above is him forced to pose for a photograph standing next to the box he wanted to escape in.

He was going to be executed, but rather than just killing him, he was paraded through the camp as if he was some circus attraction.

He was led to the gallows on a makeshift cart pulled by fellow inmates. The camp orchestra had to continuously play the song “J’attendrai ton Retour,” I shall wait for your return.

Another song, the traditional German children’s song “Alle Vögel sind schon da,” All the birds are back again, was played immediately before execution. It was just evil on top of evil just for the sake of being evil and nothing else. How disgusted the musicians must have been, being forced to do this.

The information was discovered by Aitor Fernandádez-Pacheco, a filmmaker of the documentary film, “Mauthausen, una mirada Española,” who interviewed the former Spanish prisoner Mario Constante for his documentary.

sources

https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/pa1144948

https://ww2db.com/image.php?image_id=10954

https://boyerwrites.com/tag/hans-bonarewitz/

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