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Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Ho"ss Speaks
Reply-To: kmcvay@oneb.almanac.bc.ca
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Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: Dachau,Auschwitz,Hoess

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Last-Modified: 1994/05/05

[Ed. note: The following article was originally posted to the net as
<13aoioINN5e5@agate.berkeley.edu> in July, 1992.]

I hate to flog a dead horse, but I thought those interested in the Holocaust
and Holocaust revisionism might want to read an account by Rudolf Hoess, "a
member of the NSDAP since 1922; a member of the SS since 1934; a member of
the Waffen-SS since 1939" and "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
Sachenhausen from 1938 to May 1, 1940, when I was appointed Commandant of
Auschwitz.  I commmanded Auschwitz until 1 December 1943, and estimate that
at least 2,500,000 victims were executed and exterminated there by gassing
and burning....  Included among the executed and burnt were approximately
20,000 Russian prisoners of war,...100,000 German Jews, and great numbers
of citizens...from...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 of 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
...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
government three other extermination camps; Belzek, Treblinka, and Wolzek.

...[W]hen I set up the extermination building at Auschwitz, I used Cyclon B,
which was a crystallized prussic acid [prussic acid is simply HCN, hydrogen
cyanide. -Ed R.] which we dropped into the death chamber from a small
opening.  It took 3 to 15 minutes to kill the people in the death chamber....
We knew when the people were dead because their screaming stopped.

[More deleted for brevity]

"I understand English as it is written above.  The above statements are  
true; this declaration is made by me voluntarily and without compulsion;
after reading over the statements, I have signed and executed the same
at Nuremberg, Germany, on the fifth day of April 1946.

Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Hoess"

Taken as reproduced in Aspects of Western Civilization (sic), edited by
Perry M. Rogers, pp.385-387.



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