My blog post today is in answer to a comment, made by a reader of my blog, in which the reader claimed that Rudolf Hoess, the Commanant of Auschwitz, had raped his great grandmother. I previously blogged about the alleged mistress of Hoess, a woman named Eleanore Hodys.
In my previous post about Hoess and his alleged mistress, I wrote that the initial encounter between the two “bordered on rape.” I think, now, that I did the man an injustice. I must make amends.
Rudolf Hoess wearing his SS uniform
Hoess didn’t actually force himself, physically, upon a woman in a prison cell in Block 11 at Auschwitz, but what could she have done when the Commandant of the Camp walked into her cell in the middle of the night? He gave her an offer which she couldn’t refuse.
This quote is from Wikipedia, on the subject of Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen, the SS judge who investigated several of the camp Commandants, including Rudolf Hoess:
Though [Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen] discovered early on that the Final Solution of the Jewish problem through physical extermination was beyond his jurisdiction, and advanced no legal objections to large-scale, centrally-authorized anti-Jewish operations like Harvest Festival, Morgen went on to prosecute so many Nazi officers for individual violations that by April 1944, Himmler personally ordered him to restrain his cases.
Nonetheless, he [Morgen] went on to investigate Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Höss on charges of having “unlawful relations” with a Jewish woman prisoner, Eleanor Hodys; Höss was, for a time, removed from his command and these proceedings incidentally saved Hodys’ life. During the same period, though, Morgen’s assistant Gerhard Putsch disappeared. Some theorized that this was another warning for Morgen to ease up on his activities as the building where the evidence was stored was burned down shortly thereafter.
Rudolf Hoess was captured and tortured by British soldiers, after which he confessed to everything he was told to say
This quote is from the AxisHistory forum, posted by J. Duncan on 25 November 2009:
Biography of Rudolf Hoess, The Creator of Auschwitz” by Ian Baxter. Baxter has written several books on SS history. His books have gotten mixed reviews from “sucks” to “very good”. I have both versions of Hoess’s memoirs – the older “Commandant at Auschwitz” and the newer “Death Dealer”. I have another Hoess book, a dual biography titled “Kolbe and the Kommandant’ , written by a priest named Kluz. There are other books with chapters on Hoess like G M Gilbert’s “Psychology of Dictatorship” and many others too numerous to mention. I doubt seriously this book has anything more to add on Hoess except maybe some rare photos. Reviews claim there is more information on Eleanor Hodys, his supposed mistress, but no info. on her fate. The book claims to use unpublished sections of Hoess’s memoirs, but Stephen Paskulay of the “Death Dealer” book made the same claim and published those sections that were absent in the original 1959 edition. A new Hoess book sounds intriguing. I’m posting this here so it will be better seen by knowledgeable SS people who may be familiar with either this book or other books by Ian Baxter.
Note that there was “no info” on the fate of Eleanor Hodys. The story told by Eleanor Hodys was first published in a book entitled SS Dachau.
The following quote is from this website:
Hoss (sic) stole food from the prisoner’s supplies for his family, and had prisoners build his furniture; he lived a life of such comfort that his wife was said to have remarked, “I will live here until I die.” However, [Hoess] took a non-Jewish camp inmate, Eleanor (sic) Hodys, as mistress, got her pregnant, then tried to have her murdered. She was rescued by the SS Judge investigating corruption in the camp, and taken to Munich, where the SS killed her at the end of the war.(Friedrich, pp. 50-51.)
Au contraire, Eleanore Hodys was sent from Munich to the Dachau concentration camp where she told her sad story to the American liberators, who had taken over the Dachau camp, after the camp was surrendered to them under a flag of truce.
The American liberators interviewed 20 prisoners, including Eleanore Hodys, and then wrote a book entitled Dachau Liberated, The Official Report by The U.S. Seventh Army. This book, “Edited by Michael W. Perry,” was finally published in 2000. The text of the book is 98 pages long; Chapter 5 which is entitled “Rudolf Hoess’ Mistress” runs from page 67 to page 91.
Eleanor had been a political prisoner, first in Block 11, and then in Block 4, at Auschwitz; she was brought to Dachau just days before the camp was surrendered to American troops. How did she rate so much ink in a book about Dachau? Rudolf Hoess had not been stationed at Dachau for many years, and Eleanore Hodys had only been in Dachau for a few days. Her story had nothing whatsoever to do with Dachau.
To give you an idea of what is included in Dachau Liberated, The Official Report, this quote is from page 52, which includes a photo of Baracke X, the gas chamber building:
Then they entered the gas chamber. Over the entrance, in large black letters, was written Brause Bad. There were about 15 shower faucets suspended from the ceiling from which gas was then released.
Oops, did you catch that? The 15 shower faucets were SUSPENDED FROM THE CEILING. And the gas came through the faucets!
Where are the “faucets suspended from the ceiling” of the Dachau gas chamber now? They are probably hidden by the new ceiling that was hastily put in by the Americans a day or two after the camp was liberated. But I digress.
Eleanore Hodys must have been a beautiful woman; the American liberators were so enamored of her that they devoted one-fourth of the book about the liberation of Dachau to her story, although her sad tale had absolutely nothing to do with Dachau.
Rudolf Hoess in custody after he was captured
Chapter 5, “Rudolf Hoess’ Mistress” begins with this quote about the alleged rape perpetrated by Rudolf Hoess:
According to my recollection, on December 16, 1942, about 11 P.M. I was already asleep, suddenly the C.O. [Rudolf Hoess] appeared before me. I hadn’t heard the opening of my cell and was such frightened. It was dark in the cell. I believed at first it was an SS man or a prisoner and said, “What is this tom-follery, I forbid you.” Then I heard “Pst,” and a pocket lamp was lighted and lit the face of the C.O. I broke out, “Herr Kommandant.”
The story of Eleanore Hodys bathers on, ad nauseam. This quote tells the important part, as related to Rudolf Hoess:
[...] I already met the C.O. [Rudolf Hoess] as I was brought in Auschwitz. He or the Hauptsturmfuehrer Schwartz used to ask the newcomers if there were typists amongst them, whatever their profession. I gave my [profession] as a helper of a drugstore. The M.D., Van Brodermann wanted to have me for the hospital. Obersturmfuehrer Hoess then let secretary Langenfels give me a room all to myself in Block 4. A few days later I was ordered by Obersturmfuehrer Mueller to the C.O. because an artisan was wanted. I was received in the house by the C.O.’s wife, who in the hall showed me a carpet and asked me if I could mend it.
I undertook the job and worked at it for two days. During this time I often saw the C.O. coming and going. He asked me if I were H. and put no other question to me. He remarked that properly he should not employ a political prisoner in his house, but his wife had various jobs for me. I then prepared two tapestries, a tapestry cushion in silk, a car rug and various blankets.
I liked to work in the C.O.’s house, as far as keeping up of the entrance lists allowed me the time. I still spent the night in the camp. As long as I worked in the house, I was fed there. I ate alone in a room and the same food as the C.O. himself. [...]
The C.O. soon took a special interest in me. [...] The C.O. had me called to him each time he came in the camp, or he came himself to the place where I worked.
He talked of business, but laughed at the same time in a particular way. I answered in the same way because I must confess that I liked him as a man. Apart from the frequent business talks, he did all he could to favor me and make my detention lighter. [...]
[Hoess] ordered Hauptsturmfuehrer Aumeier to prepare a special room for me on the floor of Block 4. I could decorate this with my own furniture and real carpets. On weekends I got a furlough on parole and could move about freely in the town of Auschwitz and could stay out the night. In these cases I used to sleep in the buildings of the staff, outside the camp. The C.O. also saw me often smoke, which was forbidden to prisoners, and never said anything. When I wanted to hide the cigarette, he told me not to trouble. I also got permission to have a personal cook and a maid for my personal needs. [...]
On my birthday, a special feast was organized for me in the C.O.’s house. [...]
The C.O. expressed his particular feelings for me for the first time as in May 1942, his wife being out, I was in his villa, sitting by the radio. Without a word, he came to me and gave me a kiss. I was surprised and frightened, escaped him and locked myself up in the toilet. [...] From then on, I did not come in the C.O.’s house any more. [...]
Then he sent SS Haupsturmfuehrer Mueller to tell me that I was free on Sunday and I should bathe, have my hair dressed, put on my best clothes and call on his wife on Sundays. At the end of September his wife told me I need not come any more for the time being, as the C.O. was sick in Bielitz and she was with him. [...]
A fortnight later, I was sent to the S.L. As reason, I was told that I had committed some infraction in the C.O.’s house. [...]
The story then picks up with the start of the story, with these words:
According to my recollection, on December 16, 1942, about 11 p.m. [...]
It is clear that Rudolf Hoess had a long relationship with Eleanore Hodys before the night that he came into her cell with a flashlight; this was the occasion when they had sex for the first time.
For this indiscretion, Rudolf Hoess has gone down in history as a rapist. How many other women have claimed that they were raped by Rudolf Hoess?