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December 21, 2015

The role of Franz Hössler in the gassing at Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:13 am
My photo of the gatehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the gatehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau

One of the regular readers of my blog has questioned my claim that the H.E.A.R.T website is the best of the True Believer websites.

I reviewed the H.E.A.R.T website again, and I think that I might have been wrong to recommend this site because there are some obvious errors.

The following quote is from the H.E.A.R.T website:

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Initially the process of killing and ventilation of the gas chamber lasted several hours. Later, after the installation of ventilators, this period was shortened to about an hour.

[A photo of a Shower Entrance]

After this time had elapsed, the prisoners of the crematorium squad proceeded to burn the corpses. All of this took place in the deepest secrecy, with participation limited to the minimum number of SS men from the camp command and the Political Department.

Among those who took part in these actions were Maximilian Grabner, Franz Hossler, and the disinfection expert Adolf Theuer.

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I don’t think that Franz Hössler had anything to do with the gassing of prisoners at Auschwitz.

I wrote this about Franz Hössler  on my website:

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According to Danuta Czech, who wrote “The History of KL Auschwitz,” published in 1967, the administration of the three camps that comprised the vast Auschwitz complex was divided among three different Commandants on November 22, 1943.

The original Auschwitz I camp was put under the command of Liebehenschel while Auschwitz II (Birkenau) was placed under the command of SS Major Fritz Hartjenstein, who was later transferred to Natzweiler and then to Ravensbrück.

SS 2nd Lt. Hans Schwarzhuber was put in charge of the men’s camp at Birkenau and SS 2nd Lt. Franz Hössler was put in charge of the woman’s camp.

Hans Schwarzhuber, who was transferred to Ravensbrück on January 12, 1945, was put on trial in a British military court at Hamburg after the war. Schwarzhuber confessed that prisoners were gassed at Ravensbrück and at Birkenau. He was convicted of war crimes and executed on May 3, 1947.

Franz Hössler (sometimes spelled Hoessler) was later transferred to Bergen-Belsen where he stayed behind to assist the British when the camp was voluntarily turned over to them on April 15, 1945. Hössler was put on trial by the British in the Belsen trial in 1945. He was convicted of war crimes committed at Birkenau and was hanged on December 13, 1945.

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I wrote this about Franz Hössler on a previous blog post:

During the time that the Auschwitz camp was in operation, Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen, an SS judge, investigated the men in the Auschwitz political department, including [Wilhem] Boger, but he only arrested Maximilian Grabner, the head of the department. Grabner was accused by Dr. Morgen of killing 2,000 prisoners “beyond the general guidelines.” Grabner was tried by an SS court in Weimar but was not convicted; after the war he was convicted by the Supreme War Tribunal in Krakow in 1947 and sentenced to death.


  1. Merry Christmas

    Comment by HAD — December 25, 2015 @ 10:41 am

  2. Yes, I’m very puzzled about the story of Franz Hoessler. He seems to have been the “fall-guy” for all kinds of war crimes. Has it even been established beyond doubt that he was responsible for the alleged “gassings” at the Little White Cottage in Auschwitz? And was he ever the Kommandant of the women’s section in Birkenau? If he was, then It’s certainly strange that he was not sent back to Poland to face the more serious charges there, but was tried for alleged “shootings” that he carried out in Bergen-Belsen. But he was only in this latter camp for a couple of weeks at the very end of the war, where he might have been ordered to carry out mercy-killings on those poor emaciated and dying souls that were begging to be put out of their misery.

    It was certainly a clever propaganda stunt to place Hoessler in front of a microphone against a backcloth of dead bodies piled up on an open truck. How incriminating can you get? But his main accuser for the crimes at both Auschwitz and Belsen seems to have been a female inmate who performed in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz. Her name is Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, and she played the Cello there, before being transferred on to Bergen-Belsen. Our friends at Wikipedia proudly claim;- “Her membership of the 40-piece orchestra saved her (from the gas chamber) as cello players were difficult to replace.

    Absolutely, Wikipedia – if one is systematically exterminating everybody in a “death camp”, then it must truly be a nightmare for the conductor to find a replacement cellist for his orchestra.

    Comment by Talbot — December 21, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

  3. Well, that seems to settle it. Dr. Konrad Morgen wouldn’t testify to having seen a human skin lampshade during the trial of Buchenwald Kommandant Koch, but he testified at the Nuremburg IMT to believing six million Jews were genocided. I suppose, since there’s only a sentence about Morgen at Auschwitz at your website, I’ll have to buy the new Konrad Morgen book to find out more about the “exterminatory apparatus” he saw which caused his crises of conscience and set him on his crusade to derail the “Final Solution” with penny ante death camp corruption cases.

    Comment by who dares wings — December 21, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

  4. “Grabner was accused by Dr. Morgen of killing 2,000 prisoners “beyond the general guidelines.” Grabner was tried by an SS court in Weimar but was not convicted; after the war he was convicted by the Supreme War Tribunal in Krakow in 1947 and sentenced to death.”

    In a review of the recently published book Konrad Morgan The Conscience of a Nazi Judge by Herlinde Pauer and J. David Velleman which appears in the November 27, 2015 issue of the Times Literary Supplement Lawrence R. Douglas writes, “Yet according to Pauer-Studer and Velleman, in late 1943, after a visit to Auschwitz in connection with yet another corruption investigation, Morgan suffered a crisis of conscience. Having observed the exterminatory apparatus up close, he now became convinced that Hitler and Himmler were mass murderers. Morgen knew, of course, that bringing charges against the Nazi leadership would have been an act of suicide, and so he resolved instead to work to disrupt the exterminatory process from within by prosecuting the perpetrators for ‘lesser crimes.'”

    Morgan accuses Grabner of killing 2,000 prisoners and Grabner is not convicted of this mass murder by an SS court, but hanged later by the Supreme War Tribunal in l947. What method did Morgan charge Grabner with using to kill these prisoners? Also, what was the “exterminatory apparatus” Morgan saw at Auschwitz which convinced him Hitler and Himmler were mass murdering people?

    Lawrence R. Douglas writes further on in his book review that “…the authors go further still, insisting that Morgen came to see genocide as “corrupting the entire state, undermining it’s moral foundations and leading it into the abyss.” Did Konrad Morgen ever testify that homicidal gassings had been going on in the camps he investigated? If not, how did he explain this “genocide” he recognized as corrupting the state at the Nuremberg IMT?

    Comment by who dares wings — December 21, 2015 @ 10:42 am

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