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March 3, 2015

Did Amon Goeth have the authority to order executions?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:20 am
Amon Goeth's mugshot after he was arrested by the Germans

Amon Goeth’s mugshot after he was arrested by the Germans

In my blog post today, I am answering a comment made by one of my readers. The comment is quoted below:

“So he [Amon Goeth] didn’t shoot from the balcony. That excuses the thousands upon thousans whose deaths he ordered? Where did you study convoluted logic and denial at? You ought to have a master’s degree.”

Here is my answer to this question:

Several years ago, I went to visit the spot where the Plaszow camp was formerly located. I also visited a small museum in Krakow, where I copied Goeth’s mugshot photo at the top  of this page. Goeth had been arrested by the Germans for stealing from the warehouses of the Plaszow camp.

I read several books about Amon Goeth where I studied “convoluted logic and denial.”  In all my study of this subject, I never learned that Amon Goeth had had the authority to order thousands of deaths.

Amon Goeth, the commander of the Plaszow camp

Amon Goeth, the commander of the Plaszow camp

As the commandant of the Plaszow camp, Goeth had been ordered to carry out the executions that were ordered by others. These executions took place at the Plaszow camp. The people who were executed were not prisoners in  the Plaszow camp.

According to David Crowe’s book, entitled Oscar Schindler,  Wilek Chilowicz was a Jewish prisoner, who was the head of the OD, the Jewish police at Plaszow. Crowe wrote that “Göth sought permission to murder Chilowicz and several other prominent OD men in the camp on false charges.”

In all the Nazi concentration camps, the staff had to get permission from headquarters in Oranienburg to punish a prisoner, but punishment did not include murder.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a Waffen-SS officer and attorney, whom Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had put in charge of investigating murder, corruption and mistreatment of prisoners in all the Nazi concentration camps in 1943. Dr. Morgen’s first investigation had resulted in the arrest of Karl Otto Koch, the Commandant of Buchenwald, and his later execution by the Nazis.

According to David Crowe’s book, Goeth asked one of his SS officers, Josef Sowinski, to prepare a detailed, false report about a potential camp rebellion led by Chilowicz and other OD men. Based on this report, Koppe sent a secret letter to Goeth giving him the authority to carry out the execution of Chilowicz and several other OD men. The execution took place on August 13, 1944; Goeth was arrested exactly a month later and charged by Dr. Morgen with corruption and brutality, including the murder of Wilek Chilowicz and several others.

The office in Oranienburg did not have the authority to give an execution order; an execution could only be authorized by the Gestapo in Berlin.

Due to the fact that Germany was losing the war and the SS now had bigger problems, Goeth was never put on trial in Dr. Morgen’s court and this was the last investigation done by the SS.

After the war, Dr. Morgen was arrested as a “war criminal,” and imprisoned in the bunker at the Dachau concentration camp, which had been converted into “War Crimes Enclosure No. 1” by the American military. According to David Crowe’s book, Wilek Chilowicz was the head of the OD, the Jewish police at Plaszow. He wrote that “Göth sought permission to murder Chilowicz and several other prominent OD men in the camp on false charges.” In all the Nazi concentration camps, the staff had to get permission from headquarters in Oranienburg to punish a prisoner, but punishment did not include murder.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a Waffen-SS officer and attorney whom Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had put in charge of investigating murder, corruption and mistreatment of prisoners in all the Nazi concentration camps in 1943. Dr. Morgen’s first investigation had resulted in the arrest of Karl Otto Koch, the Commandant of Buchenwald, and his later execution by the Nazis. When Goeth realized that he was being investigated by Dr. Morgen, he sought permission from Wilhelm Koppe in the central office in Oranienburg to execute Wilek Chilowicz, who could have testified against him.

Amon Goeth leaves the courtroom in Poland after he was convicted of war crimes

Amon Goeth leaves the courtroom in Poland after he was convicted of war crimes

After World War II ended, the American military turned Amon Goeth over to the Polish government for prosecution as a war criminal. He was brought before the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland in Krakow. His trial took place between August 27, 1946 and September 5, 1946. Goeth was charged with being a member of the Nazi party and a member of the Waffen-SS, Hitler’s elite army, both of which had been designated as criminal organizations by the Allies after the war. His crimes included the charges that he had taken part in the activities of these two criminal organizations. The crime of being a Nazi applied only to Nazi officials, and Goeth had never held a job as a Nazi official. In fact, at the time of Goeth’s conviction by the Polish court, the judgment against the SS and the Nazi party as criminal organizations had not yet been made by the Nuremberg IMT.

At Goeth’s trial, the Nazi party was said to be “an organization which, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, through aggressive wars, violence and other crimes, aimed at world domination and establishment of the National-Socialist regime.” Amon Goeth was accused of personally issuing orders to deprive people of freedom, to ill-treat and exterminate individuals and whole groups of people. His crimes, including the newly created crime of genocide, came under a new law of the Allies, called Crimes against Humanity.

The charges against Amon Goeth were as follows:

(1) The accused as commandant of the forced labour camp at Plaszow (Cracow) from 11th February, 1943, till 13th September, 1944, caused the death of about 8,000 inmates by ordering a large number of them to be exterminated.

Plateau at Plaszow camp where 8,000 people were executed

Plateau at Plaszow camp where 8,000 people were executed

(2) As a SS-Sturmführer the accused carried out on behalf of SS-Sturmbannführer Willi Haase the final closing down of the Cracow ghetto. This liquidation action which began on 13th March, 1943, deprived of freedom about 10,000 people who had been interned in the camp of Plaszow, and caused the death of about 2,000.

(3) As a SS-Hauptsturmführer the accused carried out on 3rd September, 1943, the closing down of the Tarnow ghetto. As a result of this action an unknown number of people perished, having been killed on the spot in Tarnow; others died through asphyxiation during transport by rail or were exterminated in other camps, in particular at Auschwitz.

(4) Between September, 1943, and 3rd February, 1944, the accused closed down the forced labour camp at Szebnie near Jaslo by ordering the inmates to be murdered on the spot or deported to other camps, thus causing the death of several thousand persons.

(5) Simultaneously with the activities described under (1) to (4) the accused deprived the inmates of valuables, gold and money deposited by them, and appropriated those things. He also stole clothing, furniture and other movable property belonging to displaced or interned people, and sent them to Germany. The value of stolen goods and in particular of valuables reached many million zlotys at the rate of exchange in force at the time.

The last charge, as stated in number (5) above, was the crime for which he had been arrested by the Gestapo on September 13, 1944, after an investigation by Waffen-SS officer Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen.

 

12 Comments »

  1. Dear Furtherglory the date of the mugshot which you show in the article is 29- 8-45 (which the Americans would write as 8-29-45.) It is therefore the shot taken by the Poles and does indeed show the Polish eagle stamp. it is not the mugshot of the German investigating authority as you have it labelled.

    Comment by peter — March 6, 2015 @ 11:27 am

    • I took this photo of the mug shot of Amon Goeth in a small museum in Krakow. I remember that this photo was captioned as a photo taken when Amon Goeth was arrested by the Germans. At that time, I did not know that he had been arrested for stealing from the Plaszow camp. I have never noticed that the date on the photo shows that it was taken when he was arrested by the Poles. Thanks for alerting me to this mistake.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 6, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

  2. The little people (us) are getting wise to the ex-post facto legal chicanery that was used by Allied war crimes tribunals to even declare the SS a “criminal organization,” let alone hang and imprison hundreds of German soldiers in kangaroo courts that metted out a spastic anti-Christian revenge that continues to this day with the the expensive and overhyped prosecution of 90-something concentration camp cooks and perimeter guards. It’s shameful and it continues because every day since VE Day has been a Marxist holiday for the culrure makers of the West. http://www.allenbranson.com/wp/?p=7

    Comment by who dares wings — March 4, 2015 @ 10:28 am

  3. You iught to consider that the Nazis told appart the Jewish prisoniers from the non jewish ones and the “mission” the SS had been entrusted was the murder of Jews.Reporting about the rislk of an uprising the question was not whether or not murder the Jewish OD men but only the timing of that “action”. Interesting that the Nazis considered the risk of an uprising led exsctly by the Jewish police of the camp.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — March 3, 2015 @ 9:58 am

  4. Re: furtherglory,

    I’m sorry to have to write the following as I’m not usually one to describe people in such a manner as I must you.

    You sir are worse than any NAZI apologist I have ever seen.

    I am german born and raised til the age of 11. My father served in the german Army during WWII.

    I have studied the periods of WWI and WWII and find your excuses for thsi war criminal to be at the least misguided and at worst they make you a NAZI sympathiser.

    The technicalities you attempt to expose in your defense of this murdering scum is an atrocious attempt to defend the indefensible. Do you really believe that the NAZI Regime give a semblance of care about legal niceties? if you do, than you are just as perverted as they were.

    As a german born and raised U.S. citizen I am disgusted with your beliefs.

    I will grant you that you have the right to spew such idiocy if you wish under our Constitution, but it would behoove you to actually engage in the process of thinking and perhaps even use a little logic and reason.

    Fred Speckmann commonsenseforamericans@yahoo.com commonsenseforamericans.webs.com

    Comment by Fred — March 3, 2015 @ 9:06 am

    • Dear Fred, try and do some reading . May I suggest you start of with Theodor W Adorno, you could then learn about the Frankfurt School and German re education.
      Maybe you could learn about cognitive dissonance as well. If you like reading comics you could reflect on current events; how about this article from today’s Daily Mail
      which is a piece on the US Prime Minister addressing the US Congress….best of luck !

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2977598/Netanyahu-warns-Iran-deal-make-Middle-East-nuclear-tinderbox.html

      Comment by peter — March 3, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    • You wrote: “Do you really believe that the NAZI Regime give a semblance of care about legal niceties? if you do, than you are just as perverted as they were.”

      We seem to be in disagreement on the point regarding the authority of a Commandant of a concentration camp to kill prisoners on his own authority.

      Here is what Wikipedia says about Karl Otto Koch, who was executed by the Nazis for killing prisoners at Buchenwald.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl-Otto_Koch#Prosecution_and_death

      Read what Wikipedia has to say about Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Konrad_Morgen

      What is your source for writing that “the Nazis did not care about legal niceties”? Why was Dr. Georg Morgen sent to investigate the camps?

      I also wrote about this subject on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/EasternGermany/Buchenwald/KarlKoch.html

      This quote is from the web page cited above:
      Begin quote:
      Dr. Konrad Morgen was asked by the American prosecutors at Nuremberg to sign an affidavit that his investigation in 1943 had determined that Ilse Koch had ordered lamp shades made from human skin, but he refused even after several beatings. Ilse’s lover, Hermann Florstedt, was later transferred to Majdanek and became the Commandant there. He was also executed by the Nazis after he was convicted by Dr. Konrad Morgen. Under their strict policies, the Nazis did not tolerate wanton cruelty to the concentration camp prisoners. Another camp commandant, who was arrested for stealing from concentration camp factories and food supplies, was SS Major Amon Göth, the commander of the Plaszow camp of Schindler’s List fame; he was awaiting trial when the war ended.

      Dr. Hoven was tried in Dr. Morgen’s court, convicted and sentenced to death for murder. He spent 18 months in jail but was then reprieved because of the critical wartime shortage of doctors. He was tried again by a U.S. military tribunal at Nuremberg and executed on June 2, 1948. According to an official U.S. Army Report on April 24, 1945, Dr. Hoven was an important Communist ally who killed numerous anti-Communist political prisoners in Buchenwald with lethal injections.
      End quote

      Comment by furtherglory — March 3, 2015 @ 12:17 pm

    • Hey Fred (or maybe it’s Friedrich), thanks for your fact-filled, well-reasoned counterargument — I enjoyed reading it. Not.

      You know, it’s people like you — who ‘point and splutter’, offeringnothing in rebuttal but ad hominem — who, among other things, first got me to take notice of historical revisionism, aka ‘Holocaust denial’. Instead of engaging in debate, and attempting to prove your position with facts and rational arguments, people like you (I did not say you personally) pass laws to make ‘Holocaust denial’ a crime, and then imprison people. Thanks for that too. Jerk.

      Comment by eah — March 4, 2015 @ 12:26 am

    • Fred,
      You are a disgrace. Don’t claim German ancestry if you have no respect for your heritage. Move to Israel and celebrate your “holocaust” daily.
      I am U.S. citizen and can question and deny your observance of “holocaust” festivities any time I want.
      And, I have an absolute right to do it under our Constitution.
      Your Zionist “Big Lie” is coming to an end.

      Comment by Gasan — March 5, 2015 @ 10:43 pm

  5. Of course he did — I know because I saw it in ‘Schindler’s List’.

    Comment by eah — March 3, 2015 @ 8:26 am


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