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Commandant at Auschwitz: The Autobiographys of Rudolf Hoess (Age of Dictators 1920-1945)by Rudolf Hoss
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An extraordinary and unique document: Hoess was in charge of the huge extermination camp in Poland where the Nazis murdered some three million Jews, from the time of its creation (he was responsible for building it) in 1940 until late in 1943, by which time the mass exterminations were half completed. Before this he had worked in other concentration camps, and afterwards he was at the Inspectorate in Berlin. He thus knew more, both at first-hand and as an administrator, about Nazi Germany's greatest crime than did any save two or three other men. Taken prisoner by the British, he was handed over to the Poles, tried, sentenced to death, and taken back to Auschwitz and there hanged. During the period between his trial and his execution, he was ordered to write his autobiography. This is it. Hoess repeatedly says he was glad to write the book. He enjoyed the work. And finally the most careful checking has shown that he took great pains to tell the truth. Here we have, painted by his own hand, a vivid and unforgettable self-portrait of one of the great monsters of all time. To this are added portraits of some of his more spectacular fellow-criminals. The royalties from this macabre but historically important book go to the fund set up to help the few survivors from the Auschwitz camps.
A self-portrait, composed by a man deeply involved with Nazi Germanyand#8217;s Final Solution, takes the reader behind the scenes in one of Germanyand#8217;s most notorious death camps. Written immediately after his capture, the book offers a most vivid account of this horrific and defining event.
Responsible for building Auschwitz, Rudolph Hoess was its Commandant from 1950 to 1943, and thereafter was based at the Inspectorate in Berlin. Captured by the British and tried for his crimes, before his death sentence was carried out, Hoess was ordered to write his autobiography. This is it.
A self-portrait, composed by one of the greatest monsters of all time: Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant at Auschwitz, and the man who knew more than almost anyone about how Nazi Germany implemented the Final Solution. Captured by the British after the war, tried, and sentenced to death, he was ordered to write his autobiography in the weeks between his trial and his execution (which fittingly took place in Auschwitz itself). Hoess apparently enjoyed the task, and the most careful checking by researchers showed he took great pains to tell the truth. The result: a vivid and unforgettable picture of the 20th century's defining and most horrific event. Royalties from this book go to the fund to help the few survivors of Auschwitz.
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Rudolf Hoess was the Commandant of Auschwitz during World War II. He was executed in Poland upon concluding these memoirs.
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