Church-run "hell hole" children's homes in Ireland were like Nazi concentration camps, a former resident claimed.
He was in a chain gang polishing floors, bathed in detergent as
punishment and sexually assaulted by a woman when he was aged five or
six, the witness told the UK's largest ever inquiry into child abuse.
Sisters of Nazareth order of nuns oversaw St Joseph's Home in
Termonbacca in Londonderry and used to bath the children in Jeyes fluid.
The witness claimed: "It was kind of like a Zyklon B gas chamber."
alleged abuse happened in the 1950s and 60s. He was later transferred
to a home in Galway in the Irish Republic owned by the Christian
"Essentially a Gulag, a child's prison," he claimed.
added: "The comparison was two hell holes. Which is better? It is
difficult to describe when things are bad, you are on a race to the
bottom. Salthill (Galway) was Auschwitz, Termonbacca was Treblinka."