to several estimates the Nazi Commandant of Auschwitz Rudolf
Hoess was responsible for exterminating millions of people. He was a
mild-mannered, happily married Catholic who enjoyed normal family life
with his five children despite his view of the crematoria chimney stacks
from his bedroom window.
He was s man of fine standing, a husband who morning and night kissed his
wife, a father who tucked his children into bed. But murders, brutalities,
cruelties, tortures, atrocities, and other inhuman acts were an everyday
By mid 1942, Rudolf Hoess started mass gassing of Jews using Zyklon-B at
Auschwitz, where extermination was conducted on an industrial scale with
some estimates running as high as 2,5 million persons eventually killed
through gassing, starvation, disease, shooting, and burning ...
Rudolf Hoess was arrested by Allied military police in 1946 and handed
over to the Polish authorities, who tried him in 1947. He was sentenced to
death, and returned to Auschwitz to be hanged on the one-person gallows
outside the entrance to the gas chamber.
At peak efficiency Auschwitz had the capacity to 'get rid of ten
thousand people in 24 hours,' as Rudolf Hoess would testify during the
War Crimes Trials after WW2. Witness after witness, document after
document produced irrefutable evidence of the crimes committed, and no
witness was more shocking than Rudolf Hoess, who calmly explained how he
had come to exterminate 2,5 million people - among them the children
On the eve of his execution Rudolf Hoess, the Nazi Commandant of Auschwitz, wrote his
final letter to his children.