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September 15, 2013

Why did Rudolf Hoess confess? The British “took it out of him with torture” says his 80-year-old daughter

Thomas Harding is the author of “Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz” (Simon & Schuster; September 2013). Harding discovered that his great-uncle Hanns Alexander had been a Nazi hunter at his eulogy in 2006. The revelation set Harding off on his own search. For six years, the journalist (a British and U.S. citizen) researched archives and interviewed survivors for this book. Harding lives in Hampshire, England, and until recently co-owned the WV Observer in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (Quoted from the Washington Post.)

Heinrich Himmler on the left and Rudolf Hoess on the right

Heinrich Himmler on the left and Rudolf Hoess on the right

How proud Thomas Harding must have been when he learned that his great-uncle had participated in the torture of Rudolf Hoess, the man whose confession proves that Jews were gassed at Auschwitz.  How happy he must have been to discover that Brigitte Hoess, the daughter of the man, who gassed 2,000 Jews per day at Auschwitz, was still alive.

Harding tracked down the daughter of Rudolf Hoess, who is now living in America, and obtained an interview with her. Sadly, the daughter of mass-murderer Rudolf Hoess told Harding that “her father was the nicest man in the world” and that he was a “sensitive man.”  She told Harding that her father “had to do it.”

Mass-murderer Rudolf Hoess appears to be afraid of the nice British soldier

Mass-murderer Rudolf Hoess appears to be afraid of the nice British soldier

This quote is from an article, recently written by Thomas Harding, in the Washington Post, which you can read in full in The Japan Times:

I discovered where [Brigitte Hoess] lived while doing research for “Hanns and Rudolf,” a book on how Hoss was captured after the war by my great-uncle, Hanns Alexander, a German Jew who had fled Berlin in the 1930s. It took three years to find her. She would be interviewed only on the condition that neither her married name be revealed nor any details that would disclose her identity.


[Brigitte Hoess] is more willing to talk about when the British captured her father. One cold evening in March 1946, Hanns Alexander, my great-uncle — a German-born Jew but by then a British captain — banged on the family’s door.

“I remember when they came to our house to ask questions,” she says, her voice tight. “I was sitting on the table with my sister. I was about 13 years old. The British soldiers were screaming: ‘Where is your father? Where is your father?’ over and over again.


The story continues. “My older brother Klaus was taken with my mother. He was beaten badly by the British. My mother heard him scream in pain from the room next door. Just like any mother, she wanted to protect her son, so she told them where my father was.”

Alexander assembled a team and headed to the barn in the night. Hoss was awakened. He denied he was the commandant. Certain he had his man, Alexander demanded to see his wedding ring. When Hoss claimed it was stuck, Alexander threatened to cut his finger off until the commandant passed the ring over. Inside was inscribed “Rudolf” and “Hedwig.”

The commandant was the first person at such a senior level to admit the extent of the slaughter at Auschwitz. He was handed over to the Americans, who made him testify [as a defense witness for Ernst Kaltenbrunner] at Nuremberg. Then Hoss was passed to the Poles, who prosecuted him, then hanged him on a gallows next to the Auschwitz crematorium.


[Brigitte Hoess] does not deny that atrocities took place or that Jews and others were murdered in the camps, but she questions that millions were killed. “How can there be so many survivors if so many had been killed?” she asks.

When I point out that her father confessed to being responsible for the death of more than a million Jews, she says the British “took it out of him with torture.”

I had always thought it was Bernard Clarke, who was the British hero that got Rudolf Hoess to confess to the gassing of prisoners at Auschwitz.

This quote gives some of the details of the torture of Rudolf Hoess by Bernard Clarke:

Clarke yelled: “What is your name?”

With each answer of “Franz Lang,” Clarke’s hand crashed into the face of his prisoner. The fourth time that happened, Hoess broke and admitted who he was.

The admission suddenly unleashed the loathing of the Jewish sargeants in the arresting party whose parents had died in Auschwitz following an order signed by Hoess.

The prisoner was torn from the top bunk, the pyjamas ripped from his body. He was then dragged naked to one of the slaughter tables, where it seemed to Clarke the blows and screams were endless.

Eventually, the Medical Officer urged the Captain: “Call them off, unless you want to take back a corpse.”

A blanket was thrown over Hoess and he was dragged to Clarke’s car, where the sargeant poured a substantial slug of whiskey down his throat. Then Hoess tried to sleep.

Clarke thrust his service stick under the man’s eyelids and ordered in German: “Keep your pig eyes open, you swine.”

For the first time Hoess trotted out his oft-repeated justification: “I took my orders from Himmler. I am a soldier in the same way as you are a soldier and we had to obey orders.”

The party arrived back at Heide around three in the morning. The snow was swirling still, but the blanket was torn from Hoess and he was made to walk completely nude through the prison yard to his cell.

So it is that Bernard Clarke reveals: “It took three days to get a coherent statement out of [Hoess]” This admission was corroborated by Mr. Ken Jones in an article in the Wrexham Leader (October 17, 1986)

Strangely, Hoess was allowed to write his version of how he was tortured.  Bernard Clarke was apparently very proud of his torture sessions and he wanted Hoess to tell the world about it in his own words.

This quote is from this website:

Here are the words Hoess uses to describe, in succession, his arrest by the British; his signing of the document that would become NO-1210; his transfer to Minden-on-the-Weser, where the treatment he underwent was worse yet; his stay at the Nuremberg tribunal’s prison; and, finally, his extradition to Poland.

I was arrested on 11 March 1946 [at 11 pm].

My phial of poison had been broken two days before.

When I was aroused from sleep, I thought at first I was being attacked by robbers, for many robberies were taking place at that time. That was how they managed to arrest me. I was maltreated by the Field Security Police.

I was taken to Heide where I was put in those very barracks from which I had been released by the British eight months earlier.

At my first interrogation, evidence was obtained by beating me. I do not know what is in the record, although I signed it. Alcohol and the whip were too much for me. The whip was my own, which by chance had got into my wife’s luggage. It had hardly ever touched my horse, far less the prisoners. Nevertheless, one of my interrogators was convinced that I had perpetually used it for flogging the prisoners.

After some days I was taken to Minden-on-the-Weser, the main interrogation centre in the British Zone. There I received further rough treatment at the hands of the English public prosecutor, a major.

The conditions in the prison accorded with this behaviour.

After three weeks, to my surprise, I was shaved and had my hair cut and I was allowed to wash. My handcuffs had not previously been removed since my arrest.

On the next day I was taken by lorry to Nuremberg, together with a prisoner of war who had been brought over from London as a witness in Fritzsche’s defence. My imprisonment by the International Military Tribunal was a rest-cure compared to what I had been through before. I was accommodated in the same building as the principal accused, and every day we were visited by representatives for all the Allied nations. I was always pointed out as an especially interesting animal.

I was in Nuremberg because Kaltenbrunner’s counsel had demanded me as a witness for his defense. I have never been able to grasp, and it is still not clear to me, how I of all people could have helped to exonerate Kaltenbrunner. Although the conditions in prison were, in every respect, good — I read whenever I had the time, and there was a well stocked library available — the interrogations were extremely unpleasant, not so much physically, but far more because of their strong psychological effect. I cannot really blame the interrogators — they were all Jews.

Rudolf Hoess was hanged on this gallows, next to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Rudolf Hoess was hanged on this gallows, next to the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, near the gallows where Hoess was hanged

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, near the gallows where Hoess was hanged

In 19 countries in the world today, if you dispute the confession of Rudolf Hoess, obtained by torture, you could go to prison for five years.  Why would anyone lie under torture?  Just because Hoess confessed to the gassing of the Jews after three days of torture doesn’t mean that the Holocaust didn’t happen.


  1. To make comments like “How proud Thomas Harding must have been when he learned that his great-uncle had participated in the torture of Rudolf Hoess” lowers the writer of this blog to the level of the murderers and torturers who carried out Hitler’s demented plan to kill millions of Jews. Quite sad that some people think torture justifies torture or murder justifies murder. I suspect that if you had been born German you would have been thrilled to carry out the torture and murder of innocents.

    Comment by Bill Randle — January 30, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

  2. Hoess was treated very well in Polish prison and was allowed to write his last words. Shockingly enough he wrote an entire memoir. He made a remark to his torture from the English which shows the allies didn’t moderate his writings. Anyway he made the following remark in his memoir.

    If the prosecutor’s office had not intervened, they would have finished me off, most of all mentally and emotionally. They almost had me at the breaking point. This was not feeble hysteria. I was almost totally finished at that time, and I can stand quite a bit. Life had often enough been hard for me, but the psychological torture of these three satans was too much. I was not the only one who was mistreated like this. They also badly mistreated a few of the Polish prisoners. They have long since left this position and it is gratifyingly quiet.

    I have to openly confess I never would have expected to be treated so decently and so kindly in a Polish prison as I have been since the intervention of the prosecutor’s office.”

    Comment by Anonymous — June 7, 2016 @ 5:34 am

    • I rather think the “memoirs”, which were apparently written with erasable pencil, testify of not so nice treatment there. Note he wrote this torture stuff about the British, while in Polish prison. Doesn’t rebut “moderation” in the slightest.

      Comment by andreasmeyerboer — October 6, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

      • Yeah correct. I think his treatment may have been much worse than he wrote. He knew that his handlers would have to approve the writing before making it official

        Comment by MarcusW — October 21, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

        • You do know that it was they who wanted him to write the memoirs, right?

          Comment by Cody — January 22, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

  3. I have zero sympathy for ANY person involved in the Nazi government. They expect to be considered “victims” even though they knew the kind of animalistic torture that they and their
    criminal kind imposed upon their millions of real victims. They were guilty of being genetic defects themselves even though that was the term they applied to those they tortured and
    murdered. And, if you look closely at the photo of his fear of the British Army Officer, you can see the exact behavior of all government criminals whether they are of the Nazi GOVERNMENT,
    the North Korean GOVERNMENT, the former Soviet GOVERNMENT, or NSA & police criminals of the American GOVERNMENT. Government thugs are always arrogant and ruthless only so
    long as they can hide behind their “authority” status…. and weak, pathetic losers once cornered without their criminal GOVERNMENT buddies to protect them.

    Comment by Jason C. — July 13, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

    • And it’s that mentality that loses sympathy for the cause of your type…. And just because I don’t like hypocrisy I’m going to point out that the US government went out of its way to keep Jews out… For example:
      And did you know that after the war there was a poll of Americans and 20% polled agreed with the Nazi’s treatment of Jews… and another 19% agreed with the ideas only they thought they went too far in how they handled it. And Spain deported Jews over 500 years ago. Fact remains much of the world ignored the Jews. Arguably that’s still true.

      And the fact you’re ignoring those in the BDM and the Hitlerjugend shows just how much sympathy you don’t have – as if they all joined before they had no choice. Just because they were part of the Nazis doesn’t mean they did it out of choice. It’s called ‘conscription’. Incidentally while Höss allowed the Kapos to beat other prisoners the next Kommandant didn’t which goes to show that they’re complicated just like everyone else – including yourself.

      Comment by Cody — January 22, 2018 @ 4:46 pm

  4. Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.

    Comment by Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog — December 23, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

  5. RIP Rudi. He didn’t do it, and he sure as hell didn’t deserve this. He’s in heaven now. RIP Rudi. Hope to see you there buddy.

    Comment by Oberon Taiwan — May 13, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

  6. You can only find “Holocaust denial” repugnant, if you know there was a holocaust. If you know there was a holocaust even though you weren’t there or even born yet, it means you tend to rely very heavily for your beliefs on what you’re told by the establishment. Having followed Middle East events for many years in the American press, I’ve developed a very strong skepticism about what the establishment says. So I not only don’t find investigating the veracity of what we’ve been told about what happened to the Jews during WWII repugnant, I find it essential for the future. So I would suggest that those of you who find “Holocaust denial,” or more accurately revisionism, repugnant, that you take a look at a few revisionist papers or Youtube videos, if you dare. By the way, ever heard of the Holodomor?

    Comment by Joe Finorky — October 17, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    • Nope, they can also find “Holocaust Denial” repugnant, because it collides with their political agenda.

      Comment by Andreas Meyer — July 7, 2014 @ 7:49 am

    • I have looked at Holocaust Denial papers, I’ve even read some of the books.
      The Operation Reinhard camps were transit camps, not extermination camps.
      Really? First of all, transit camps to where? Behind the German armies fighting in the Soviet Union?
      Ridiculous. Not only did the Nazis think that the Jews were the face behind the partisan bands but the German Generals fighting in the Soviet thought the same thing.
      Also, the trains always unloaded their passengers in the camps but there is no evidence that anyone ever left. This is corroborated by Polish, not Jewish, witnesses.
      You can’t use diesel to execute people because diesel fumes carry a high concentration of oxygen.
      Really? Please don’t test this out at home. Diesel fumes are toxic. I’ve already posted a link on this website.
      I could go on but I won’t. None of the arguments I’ve ever heard from any denier makes any sense whatsoever.
      Finally, you can believe in the Holdomor but you can’t believe the Holocaust occurred? That makes no sense.

      Comment by P. O. Truth — July 12, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

      • P.O. Truth wrote: “The Operation Reinhard camps were transit camps, not extermination camps. Really? First of all, transit camps to where? Behind the German armies fighting in the Soviet Union? Ridiculous. Not only did the Nazis think that the Jews were the face behind the partisan bands but the German Generals fighting in the Soviet thought the same thing.”

        Not a problem because that was for the Jews who were unfit for work (and so also unfit for combat, of course) and because they were held in guarded ghettos and camps anyway. The other Jews (i.e. those who were fit for work) were needed in the factories further west and used there for the German war effort.

        P.O. Truth wrote: “Also, the trains always unloaded their passengers in the camps but there is no evidence that anyone ever left.”

        An absurd argument. Why would the Soviets have documented something destroying their own anti-German atrocity propaganda?!? By sheer idiocy? For the sake of truth? Don’t make me laugh…

        In fact, there is not even a single valid reason on why the Soviets would not have destroyed the documentary records of such deportations of Jews to Far Eastern Europe. A Soviet plane inadvertently destroyed the entire documentary records of the deportations of Jews to (and from) Belzec with a single bomb. It shows how easy it was for them to destroy all the records deemed inconvenient for their own narrative if needed.

        Comment by hermie — October 3, 2017 @ 7:35 am

        • I wrote about the Operation Reinhard camps on this page of my website:

          Comment by furtherglory — October 4, 2017 @ 1:14 pm

          • Just a quibble: It’s not TO the Jewish… but OF the Jewish.. Referring to your reference to the Wannseekonferenz.

            Comment by Cody — January 22, 2018 @ 4:51 pm

            • You wrote: “It’s not TO the Jewish… but OF the Jewish..”

              You are correct. That is a mistake on my website. I cannot make corrections on my website. It has been closed for several years.

              Comment by furtherglory — January 23, 2018 @ 5:25 pm

  7. I wonder if this lady got the Hoess treatment.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — September 18, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    • Uh-oh!

      Apparently, YES.

      Comment by Eager For Answers — September 21, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

  8. I received a comment on this blog post, from a reader who has been banned. I deleted the comment. The deleted comment mentioned Rudolf Heß, also spelled Hess. You can read about Rudolf Hess on Wikipedia at

    My blog post was about Rudolf Höss, also spelled Höß, Hoeß, or Hoess. You can read about Rudolf Hoess at

    I am writing a blog for my amusement and pleasure, not to be called names like “Fucktard” by people who don’t know the difference between Rudolf Hess and Rudolf Hoess.

    Comment by furtherglory — September 16, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  9. Final proof showing the Nazi ‘confessions’ are useless as evidence: Joseph Kramer, the Commandant of Belsen, ‘confesssed’ there were gas chambers at Belsen ( Everybody now admits there were no gas chambers at Belsen… 😉

    False ‘confessions’ are in fact pretty usual and torture is often not even necessary to get false ‘confessions’.

    Japan crime: Why do innocent people confess?:

    Comment by hermie — September 16, 2013 @ 4:27 am

    • Thanks for all the links and the YouTube videos. It will take me some time to view them all.

      I read the news story in the link you provided. I read this in the news article: Kramer confessed “he had forced helpless prisoners into the gas chambers at Belsen and personally turned on the gas jets.

      Josef Kramer looks like a really tough guy, in his photos, but he was probably a gentle, sensitive man because he had probably never been tortured, or treated so badly before this. With his looks, few people would have messed with him.

      His so-called confession is totally stupid. Gas jets? Like the jets in the burners of a gas stove? Lots of people believe that the Jews were killed in “gas ovens.” Real gas chambers, like those used for execution in America, were virtually unknown in Europe, so it was hard for people to visual a “gas chamber.”

      It was precisely because Belsen DIDN’T have a GASKAMMER that the typhus epidemic got started when the clothes were not disinfected with Zyklon-B in the Gaskammer. They had a disinfection chamber (Gaskammer) for disinfecting clothing, but it was out of commission when some Jews arrived, who were carrying the lice that spreads typhus.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 16, 2013 @ 7:29 am

      • FG wrote: “Thanks for all the links and the YouTube videos.”

        Glad I could help a little bit.

        FG wrote: “His so-called confession is totally stupid. Gas jets? Like the jets in the burners of a gas stove?”

        Or like Hitler during a propaganda ride. 😉

        “Hitler Steps on The Gas For his Propaganda Ride” – The Portsmouth Time, May 17, 1941 (

        Comment by hermie — September 16, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    • That’s right, just because you get some confessions, even many confessions to Holocaust related claims, doesn’t mean “the Holocaust” happened.

      Comment by Andreas Meyer — July 7, 2014 @ 7:55 am

      • So, if someone confesses that the Holocaust occurred, it means that it didn’t occur? Huh?
        What if they all confessed and no one ever denied it?
        Not even if their lives were at stake? So, it would not have made more sense for Eichman to deny it at his trial, instead of repeatedly saying he was following orders? Or Hoess at his trial? Or even Oscar Gruening right now?

        Comment by P. O. Truth — July 12, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

        • P.O. Truth wrote: “What if they all confessed and no one ever denied it?”

          And what if they ALL denied it?

          “On the question of whether the SS members recognized the destruction of Jewry as an aim of the leaders, 1,593 out of 1,637 affidavits which mention this problem state that the Jewish problem was not to be solved by killing or the so-called “final solution,” and that they had no knowledge of these intentions of their leaders.” – Dr. Horst Pelckmann, defense counsel for the SS at Nuremberg, 21 August 1946 (IMT Proceedings, vol. 21, p. 368)

          Comment by hermie — October 2, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

  10. knightsfeather wrote:

    ‘I personally find Holocaust denial repugnant’

    Why? What about denying the moon landings, is that repugnant too?

    Am I not allowed to process information with my own brain and come to my own conclusions?

    You’re just another example of the brainwashed who cannot accept that people may have a different opinion to you.

    Examples of this are to be found all over the US and Britain, where people swallow any old crap and behave ‘correctly’ because they are too afraid to think otherwise

    Comment by DB — September 16, 2013 @ 3:08 am

    • Well then, I guess we can start the debate on if the earth is round or not. Or if Napolean was actually a Martian sent by the Great Overlords to conquer the earth.
      Some things are facts, others are opinions. The Holocaust was a fact, it occurred and lots of people died. We can question motives, methods. We can debate on whether or not we should include other victims like Poles, Russians, gypsies, the handicapped, etc. (I think we should, these people were also victims of Nazi aggression).
      All occurrences in history can be debated but not denied. We can talk about if German aggression really caused World War One, what was the true cause of the Cold War, should we include the displacement of Native Americans by the U.S. Government under the definition of genicide. The point is, all of these things occurred. World War One happened, the Cold War happened, the U.S. Government displaced Native Americans.
      So, if you want to deny the Holocaust happened, go ahead, it’s a free country. I believe in free speech. The problem is you are denying a fact of history so you’ll have to forgive if I can’t take you seriously.

      Comment by P. O. Truth — July 12, 2015 @ 7:48 pm

    • Probably, but irrelevant regarding the fact that the Holicaust occurred.

      Comment by P. O. Truth — July 12, 2015 @ 7:28 pm

  11. While I personally find the whole Holocaust horror cult repugnant, I believe Jews don’t have a God given pass to disregard the Geneva Conventions, the obligations of member states of the World Nuclear Association and UN laws regarding settlements in Palestine.

    “We were quite happy to do to the Nazis what they had done to the Jews. I strangled them myself once…….it took three to four minutes,” (Zeer Keren)

    JEWISH soldiers who served in the British Army hunted down and executed up to 1,500 high-ranking Nazis in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The soldiers were members of the Jewish Brigade, part of the British Eighth Army, which fought with distinction in northern Italy in the latter stages of the war.

    ‘The Ritchie Boys’ reunite at camp where they learned how to interrogate POWs

    Comment by who dares wings — September 15, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

  12. In 17 countries in the world today, if you dispute the confession of Rudolf Hoess, obtained by torture, you could go to prison for five years. Why would anyone lie under torture? Just because Hoess confessed to the gassing of the Jews after three days of torture doesn’t mean that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

    Yes. While I personally find Holocaust denial repugnant, I believe the prosecution of those who practice it to be anathema to free speech.


    Comment by knightsfeather — September 15, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    • I agree with you. The problem with with making something illegal is that there will be people who are drawn to something that the “establishment” does not want them to have. I think it is better to let things see the light of day, no matter how how ridiculous or repugnant. That way it can be openly debated so people can see how ridiculous it is.

      Comment by P. O. Truth — July 12, 2015 @ 7:26 pm

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