Before dawn, the prisoners were roused from their overcrowded, unsanitary wooden beds for roll call. The inmates were required to make their beds, each of which consisted of a small thin blanket and a mattress of wooden boards. If the job was not done to the satisfaction of the SS guard, punishment followed. 

At roll call, the entire camp stood in their meager rags as the SS guards called out the numbers of the prisoners. With no protection from bad weather, the inmates stood for up to four hours in the rain and snow. The striped dresses or shirt and pants were not changed for months and were inefficient against the cold and damp. Some of the extremely weak and sick prisoners would die in the lines during the roll call.

The penal roll call was given as a collective punishment for the wrongdoing of one prisoner. “All night long the prisoners remain standing in the courtyard....shivering with cold, tortured hunger, fainting from exhaustion. In such conditions, the human rag has only one hope left....it wants to die.”  These roll calls lasted all night and included beatings and shootings. 

After the daily roll call, the prisoners received their ration for breakfast. The rations allocated to the prisoners were just barely enough to keep each prisoner alive for the slave labor, but still in the state of malnutrition. They were given 10 ounces of bread with a small piece of salami or one ounce of margarine and brown, tasteless coffee, with no sugar. 

Directly after breakfast, another roll call was announced with a siren. The prisoners combined together into their work groups and they were escorted to their sites by SS guards armed with automatic weapons and attack dogs to ensure that no prisoner escaped.