Bronislaw Stempien's Home
Documented in 'The Black Book of Poland' in 1942, Polish worker Bronislaw Stempien, age 47, was arrested at his home at 32 Lubelska Street by the Gestapo for the possession of banned firearms. Stempien was tried by the German Sondergerichte, or so-called special district court, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed. These German special courts enacted laws in occupied territories to try citizens and Jews for any and all acts that they deemed as "crimes". Sondergerichte court records frquently refered to Poles as subhuman and used this concept of racial inferiority to punish Poles to the full extent.
During the Gestapo's early occupation of Warsaw, death notices were frequently published each time a citizen was tried in an effort to intimidate the Polish people; however, this practice ended when the numbers of persecuted citizens became to high and too frequent to publish.