Death Dealer: The Memoirs Of The Ss Kommandant At Auschwitz. By Rudolph Höss

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Death Dealer: The Memoirs Of The Ss Kommandant At Auschwitz. By Rudolph Höss

Edited by Steven Paskuly, translated by Andrew Pollinger
Prometheus Books, 1992
390 pp. $26.95
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This is the first complete English translation of the memoirs of the man who commanded the complex of camps at Auschwitz. It was a deposition written while Höss was in prison in Poland during 1946-47. In it he recounts in orderly fashion how Auschwitz and its gassing program were conceived, constructed, organized and run. He admits that some SS guards "mistreated" prisoners, a fact he deplores. He provides profiles of SS personnel, including some of the notorious doctors, one of whom, Dr. Wirths, he praises as "the best doctor in the concentration camps." This is the most authoritative and the deadliest account of Auschwitz we are ever likely to have. Höss was hanged in the spring of 1947 next to the only crematorium in Auschwitz not destroyed by the Nazis fleeing in 1945.