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Commandant Of Auschwitz: The Autobiography Of Rudolf Hoess

Commandant Of Auschwitz: The Autobiography Of Rudolf Hoess

ISBN-13: 9781684227853
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2023 Reprint of the 1959 U.S. Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition and not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Rudolf Hoess [also Höss] was a German SS officer during the Nazi era who, after the defeat of Nazi Germany, was convicted for war crimes. He was the longest-serving commandant of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp (from 4 May 1940 to November 1943, and again from 8 May 1944 to 18 January 1945). He tested and implemented means to accelerate Hitler's order to systematically exterminate the Jewish population of Nazi-occupied Europe, known as the Final Solution. On the initiative of one of his subordinates Hoess introduced the pesticide Zyklon B to be used in gas chambers, where more than a million people were killed. Hoess was hanged in 1947 following a trial before the Polish Supreme National Tribunal. During his imprisonment, at the request of the Polish authorities, he wrote his memoirs, released in English under the title Commandant of Auschwitz: The Autobiography of Rudolf Hoess. Like most things in his life, Hoess undertook the autobiography with great diligence. A 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.


  • | Author: Rudolf Hoess
  • | Publisher: Martino Fine Books
  • | Publication Date: Jan 30, 2023
  • | Number of Pages: 298 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 1684227852
  • | ISBN-13: 9781684227853
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