Architect of Death at Auschwitz: A Biography of Rudolf Hoss

Architect of Death at Auschwitz: A Biography of Rudolf Hoss

by John W. Primomo

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Overview

Rudolf Hoss has been called the greatest mass murderer in history. As the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz, he supervised the killing of more than 1.1 million people. Unlike many of his Nazi colleagues who denied either knowing about or participating in the Holocaust, Hoss remorselessly admitted, both at the Nuremberg war crimes trial and in his memoirs, that he sent hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths in the gas chambers, frankly describing the killing process. His "innovations" included the use of hydrogen cyanide (derived from the pesticide Zyklon B) in the camp's gas chambers. Hoss lent his name to the 1944 operation that gassed 430,000 Hungarian Jews in 56 days, exceeding the capacity of the Auschwitz's crematoria.
This biography follows Hoss throughout his life, from his childhood through his Nazi command and eventual reckoning at Nuremberg. Using historical records and Hoss' autobiography, it explores the life and mind of one of history's most notorious and sadistic individuals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476681467
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/16/2020
Pages: 251
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John W. Primomo is a retired United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

Introduction  4

I. Escape and Capture  13

II. Early Years  28

III. The SS  39

IV. Creation of Auschwitz  48

V. The Code of Barbarism  66

VI. Entrance Into Hell  74

VII. Life Within the Wire  85

VIII. Crystal Death  110

IX. Property, Corruption and the Inspectorate  148

X. Justice  157

XI. Responsibility and Atonement  169

XII. Execution  188

XIII. Conclusion  198

Appendix I: Höss Statement of March 14, 1946  205

Appendix II: Höss Affidavit of April 5, 1946  210

Appendix III: Photos of Child Victims  214

Chapter Notes  219

Bibliography  233

Index  237


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