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Catholic News ServiceFather Jean Bernard (1907-1994) was a prisoner in the Dachau concentration camp from May 1941 to August 1942. "Priestblock 25487" was originally published in a newspaper series in 1945 and was loosely adapted into the acclaimed 2004 German film, "The Ninth Day."
Father Bernard's factual narrative is direct and explicit reportage and as such it gives a brutally honest recitation of what it was like to endure the clergy barracks of Dachau. It is difficult to imagine how people managed to endure these depths of misery: physical and emotional torture, starvation, disease, unceasing cold, hard physical labor and merciless guards.