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Betty asks…

To what extent did Hoess seem sorry for what he did?


Following World War II, Nazi war criminals were put on trial in Nuremberg,
Germany. The criminals were tried for the killing of 11 million people in Nazi
death camps. The following is the confession of Rudolf Hess, the commander at
Auschwitz, the largest of the concentration camps. Hoess was ultimately sentenced
to death and hanged at Auschwitz.
extent did Hess seem sorry for what he did?
I, Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Hess, being first duly sworn, depose and say as follows:
I am forty-six years old, and have been a member of the NSDAP [Nazi Party]
since 1922; a member of the SS since 1934; a member of the Waffen-SS since
1939. I was a member from 1 December 1934 of the SS Guard Unit, the so-called
Deathshead Formation [Totenkopf Verband].
I have been constantly associated with the administration of concentration
camps since 1934, serving at Dachau until 1938; then as Adjutant in Sachsen-
hausen from 1938 to May 1, 1940, when I was appointed Commandant of
Auschwitz. I commanded Auschwitz until 1 December 1943, and estimate that at
least 2,500,000 victims were executed and exterminated there by gassing and
burning, and at least another half million succumbed to starvation and disease
making a total dead of about 3,000,000. This figure represents about 70% to
80% of all persons sent to Auschwitz as prisoners, the remainder having been
selected and used for slave labor in the concentration camp industries. Included
among the executed and burnt were approximately 20,000 Russian prisoners of
war (previously screened out of Prisoner of War cages by the Gestapo) who were
delivered at Auschwitz in Wehrmacht transports operated by regular Wehrmacht
officers and men. The remainder of the total number of victims included about
100,000 German Jews, and great numbers of citizens, mostly Jewish from
Holland, France, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Greece, or other
countries. We executed about 400,000 Hungarian Jews alone at Auschwitz in the
summer of 1944. . . .
Mass executions by gassing commenced during the summer 1941 and continued
until fall 1944. I personally supervised executions at Auschwitz until the first of
December 1943 and know by reason of my continued duties in the Inspectorate of Concentration Camps WVHA that these mass executions continued as stated
above. . . .
The “final solution” of the Jewish question meant the complete extermination
of all Jews in Europe. I was ordered to establish extermination facilities at
Auschwitz in June 1941. At that time, there were already in the general govern-
ment three other extermination camps: Belzek, Treblinka, and Wolzek. These
camps were under the Einsatzkommando of the Security Police and SD. I visited
Treblinka to find out how they carried out their extermination. The Camp
Commandant at Treblinka told me that he had liquidated 80,000 in the course of
one-half year. He was principally concerned with liquidating all the Jews from the
Warsaw ghetto. He used monoxide gas and I did not think that his methods were
very efficient. So when I set up the extermination building at Auschwitz, I used
Cyclon B, which was a crystallized prussic acid which we dropped into the death
chamber from a small opening. It took from 3 to 15 minutes to kill the people in
the death chamber depending upon climatic conditions. We knew when the people
were dead because their screaming stopped. We usually waited about one-half
hour before we opened the doors and removed the bodies. After the bodies were
removed our special commandos took off the rings and extracted the gold from
the teeth of the corpses.
Another improvement we made over Treblinka was that we built our gas cham-
bers to accommodate 2,000 people at one time, whereas at Treblinka their 10 gas
chambers only accommodated 200 people each. The way we selected our victims
was as follows: we had two SS doctors on duty at Auschwitz to examine the
incoming transports of prisoners. The prisoners would be marched by one of the
doctors who would make spot decisions as they walked by. Those who were fit for
work were sent into the Camp. Others were sent immediately to the extermination
plants. Children of tender years were invariably exterminated since by reason of
their youth they were unable to work. Still another improvement we made over
Treblinka was that at Treblinka the victims almost always knew that they were to
be exterminated and at Auschwitz we endeavored to fool the victims into thinking
that they were to go through a delousing process. Of course, frequently they real-
ized our true intentions and we sometimes had riots and difficulties due to that
fact. Very frequently women would hide their children under the clothes but of
course when we found them we would send the children in to be exterminated.
We were required to carry out these exterminations in secrecy but of course

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From the statement given at the Nuremberg Trial he appeared to be boasting of his/German achievement in eradicating Jewry in the most evil way possible and it ultimate success.

Sharon Your Questions About Commandant Of Auschwitz

Sharon asks…

What do you think of these numbers?

Good News From Auschwitz!
The following is from Australia’s A.N.M., P.O. Box 40, Summer Hill, N.S.W. 2130:
Dear Respected Reader: Since 1945 there have been many conflicting claims
concerning the numbers of Jewish people (and others) who died at Auschwitz-Birkeneu
(Oswiecim, concentration camp).
However, it is only recent research and access to
hitherto unavailable documents, that these numbers have drastically lowered, possibly
indicating that more of our people survive.

Perhaps the 6 mills often publicized (though
our best figure is 4.3 million) may also need to be revised lower, we hope so.

Dr. Nathan Nussbaum, Honorary Director, Centre for Jewish Holocaust Studies.

According to official documents in the French Republic (institute for the Examination
of War-criminals) the number that died in Auschwitz was: 8,000,000

According to the French daily newspaper “Le Monde” (20 April, 1978): 5,000,000

According to the memorial plaque on the gas-chamber monument at
Auschwitz-Birkenau (later removed in 1990 by the Polish Government): 4,000,000

According to the “confession” of Rudolf Hoess, the last commandant of Auschwitz.
G.V. interrogation record and written statement before his “suicide”: 3,000,000

According to a statement by Yeduha Bauer, Director of the Institute for Contemporary
Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem: 1,600,000

According to “La Monde” (1 September 1989): 1,433,000

According to Prof. Raul Hilberg (Professor for Holocaust Research, and author of the
book, “The Annihilation of European Jewry,” 2nd. ed. 1988: 1,250,000

According to Polish historians, G.V. DPA – Report of July 1990 and corresponding
public announcements: 1,100,000

According to Gerald Reitlinger, author of “Die Endlbsun”: 850,000

In the autumn of 1989 the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev opened Soviet archives, and
the public saw for the first time, the complete register of deaths at Auschwitz – which
speaks as a key document of 74,000 dead.
I just posted a small list of various numbers. Im not denying anything… the numbers are.
Which set of numbers are true?
74,000 would sure stimulate a lot less sympathy so it will never be that one.
So elena… The Holocaust tm is faith based?

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Interesting. Did you happen to notice that the US had not reported an estimated number through their archives? Do you know why that it? FDR made damn sure that the people of the USA did not know this was going on until it was too late.

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