K.L. Reich

Amat Piniella, Joaquim

Wilfrid Laurier University Pre


247 Pages

Format: Rustic

ISBN: 9781771120173

Joaquim Amat-Piniella (1913–1974) was born in Manresa, Catalonia. In 1936, he enrolled as a volunteer in the Republican Army to fight against the fascists. In 1939 he went into exile in France. After being captured by the Germans he was sent to Mauthausen on January 27, 1941. He returned to Catalonia in 1948.

But why then, as they got down from the train after a three day’s journey, had this new type of German appeared, so different from the one they’d come to know? Why the blows from rifle butts, why the kicks and the beatings, the shouting, the thrats? Everyone would have got off the train jsut the same, without the big, rush, and the line could have been formed more easily, maybe, and with less confusion and fear.


“The forming up was taking forever. Etched against the thickening fog, the dense black line of prisoners could be made out, marked at exact intervals by green-grey smudges, the carefully placed sentries, their rifles cocked.”

“The journey had been long and exhausting, and endless procession of the fifteen hundred men was now finally conming up to barbed wire of the external precinct. The climb up the steep and icy road had been hard, laden as they were with their belongings and with the heavy burden of their fear. The guards had never stopped screaming at them and whipping them the whole way up, the pace had been too fast, and some had taken a lot of punishment. It should be no surprise, then, that at the entrance to the camp, fatigue and anxiety could read in their faces, in their heavy gair, and in their silence.”

JOAQUIM AMAT-PINIELLA,  K.L Reich (I, pp. 8/13)

“A concentration camp … From the external barbed wire, one could see through the entrance and pick out the silhouettes of workers at the base of the wall, prisioners whose task was to make their own prison stronger … that was much more serious than death itself. What he didn’t understand was that cold cruelty, so admirabily well organized”

JOAQUIM AMAT-PINIELLA,  K-L Reich (I, pp. 13 / IV, pp. 44)