Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz

Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz

by Rudolf Hoss, Steven Paskuly
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Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz by Rudolf Hoss

By his own admission, SS Kommandant Rudolf Höss was history's greatest mass murderer, having personally supervised the extermination of approximately two million people, mostly Jews, at the death camp in Auschwitz, Poland. Death Dealer is the first complete translation of Höss's memoirs into English.

These bone-chilling memoirs were written between October 1946 and April 1947. At the suggestion of Professor Sanislaw Batawia, a psychologist, and Professor Jan Shen, the prosecuting attorney for the Polish War Crimes Commission in Warsaw, Höss wrote a lengthy and detailed description of how the camp developed, his impressions of the various personalities with whom he dealt, and even the extermination of millions in the gas chambers. This written testimony is perhaps the most important document attesting to the Holocaust, because it is the only candid, detailed, and (for the most part) honest description of the Final Solution from a high-ranking SS officer intimately involved in carrying out the plans of Hitler and Himmler.

With the cold objectivity of a common hit-man, Höss chronicles the discovery of the most effective poison gas, and the technical obstacles that often thwarted his aim to kill as efficiently as possible. Staring at the horror without reacting, Höss allowed conditions at Auschwitz to reduce human beings to walking skeletons - then he labelled them as subhumans fit only to die. Readers will witness Höss's shallow rationalizations as he tries to balance his deeds with his increasingly disturbed, yet always ineffectual, conscience.

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ISBN-13: 9781616140083
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 08/31/2012
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 414
Sales rank: 171,817
File size: 18 MB
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Rudolf Höss (1901-1947) was an SS lieutenant colonel in Nazi Germany. He was a close adviser to Hitler and one of the chief proponents of the “Final Solution.” After the close of World War II, he was put on trial in Warsaw for mass murder, convicted, and unceremoniously hanged. The book, Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz, is an English translation of these memoirs written between October 1946 and April 1947.

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In times like these it is vital to see and understand an anatomy of evil and to be able to compare the events of today with an example of a downward spiral in the recent past.
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