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October 5, 2013

Rudolf Hoess had an affair with Elenore Hodys but he did NOT have her murdered

Several days ago, I wanted to answer a comment made by Ken Kelso on this post on another person’s blog. Ken commented on something that Brigitte Hoess, the granddaughter of Rudolf Hoess, said about him: “How can there be so many survivors if so many had been killed?’.

I think that Brigitte has asked a legitimate question.  There does seem to be a lot of Holocaust survivors, many of them still alive, 70 years after they escaped the gas chambers.  I previously blogged about Brigitte here.

Brigitte Hoess worked as a model when she was young

Brigitte Hoess worked as a model when she was young

I am quoting Ken Kelso’s comment (which has now disappeared) in which he answers Brigitte’s question:

First the Nazis kept records of all the Jews and other civilians they murdered.
The fact she makes such a lying comment shows how evil this woman is.

Then she tries to make excuses for her genocidal father by saying he had no choice.
Wrong! Hoess had Jews slaughtered in the gas chamber because he was a sadist murderer.

Its also well known, Hoess had an affair with a female prisoner in Aushwitz and was afraid his wife would find out about her, so Hoess sent her to the gas chamber and had her murdered. Why did Hoess have this innocent woman murdered? That was his choice.
This shows how evil this sadist Hoess was.

Then she tries to blame the British for saying her Father admitted to murdering 1 million Jews, instead of the mass murderer her father was.
I hope this woman dies of cancer soon.
It will be one less evil person on this planet.

The female prisoner, with whom Rudolf Hoess had an affair, while he was the Commandant at Auschwitz, was Eleanore Hodys.  Hoess did NOT have her murdered.  On the contrary, Eleanore was transferred out of the Auschwitz camp, and Hoess lost his job as the result of having this affair.

Hoess was relieved of his duties as Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau complex and was sent to Oranienburg to replace Arthur Liebehenschel as the Senior Director of WVHA, the SS Economic Department.

On December 1, 1944, Liebehenschel became the new Commandant of Auschwitz, but only the Auschwitz I camp, not the whole Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen, an SS judge, who had been assigned to investigate corruption in the Auschwitz camp, allegedly learned of the affair and fired Hoess from his position as Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau because of this.

After Eleanor Hodys wound up at Dachau, she told her sad story to the American soldiers who liberated Dachau.  I quoted extensively from the story told by Eleanore Hodys on this blog post.

September 26, 2013

The town of Dachau today — the shame of the concentration camp can never be overcome

In 2001, I went to the town of Dachau and stayed there for a week in a hotel.  At that time, Dachau was still a small, historic town, and I enjoyed my stay immensely. I asked the owner of the hotel which bus I should take to get to the former Dachau camp; she said she didn’t know, so I had to figure it out for myself. The town’s people seemed to be ignoring the former camp, and just living their lives in peace.

Catholic church in the town of Dachau

Catholic church in the town of Dachau

Today, I read in an article in The Independent, which said that young people from Munich are now moving to Dachau and the town has grown to be a city of 45,000 residents.

According to the article in The Independent, which you can read in full here, the town can never overcome its shame, due to the horror of the Dachau concentration camp, which had 800,000 visitors last year.

This quote is from the article in The Independent:

The horror of Dachau takes a little time to sink in. It hits home half way through the former camp’s permanent exhibition on Third Reich terror when visitors are confronted with a piece of slatted wooden furniture that resembles an innocuous child’s toboggan.

Closer inspection reveals that a 4ft-long “bull whip” is lying across the wooden slats. The toboggan, it turns out, is one of the concentration camp system’s notorious “whipping stools” that were used to ruthlessly inflict blood soaked punishment on hundreds of thousands of camp inmates during 12 years of Nazi rule.

Alfred Hübsch, a prisoner in Dachau from 1937 onwards, witnessed the whipping stool in action. His account is on display in the camp museum: “The prisoner’s screams could be heard everywhere,” he writes, “The delinquent had to count the strokes out loud. The numbers were blurted out in terrible pain so the tortured person would slur his words or misspeak. If that happened they would begin beating all over again,” he added.

The “whipping stools” were used for 12 years?  Who knew?

The photo below shows Rudolf Wolf, a former prisoner of the Dachau camp, demonstrating the whipping block during the American Military Tribunal proceedings, where the former SS men in the camp were put on trial.

Former Dachau prisoner demonstrates the whipping table at Dachau trial

Rudolf Wolf demonstrates the whipping table at Dachau trial

The photo below shows the whipping table on display in the Dachau Museum.

Photo of whipping table in the Dachau Museum

Photo of whipping table in the Dachau Museum

Notice that the “whipping block” which is on display in the Museum is a real whipping block, but the table that is being demonstrated by Rudolf Wolf during the AMT proceedings is an ordinary table.  The trial started in Noveber 1945, so why wasn’t the actual whipping block shown during the trial?

That is easily explained: All punishments at Dachau and at all the other concentration camps had to be approved by the WVHA economic office in Oranienburg, where Rudolf Hoess was a member of the staff after he was removed as the Commandant of Auschwitz in December 1943.

At the Nuremberg IMT, on April 15, 1946, Hoess testified that punishment on the whipping block was seldom used and that this punishment was discontinued in 1942 or 1943 because Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler had given a new order that the SS men were forbidden to strike the prisoners. Dr. Johannes Neuhäusler mentioned in his book entitled What was it like in the Concentration Camp at Dachau? that this order was given by Himmler in 1942.

When the American liberators arrived in 1945, they found no whipping table because this seldom-used punishment had not been used for three years.  Are visitors to the Dachau Museum told this?  No, of course not.

This quote is from the article in The Independent:

The whipping stool is merely an introduction to Dachau’s  regime of inconceivable cruelty. Its victims were tortured by “Pole hanging” – a system whereby inmates in groups of 50 were strung up by their hands with their arms tied behind their backs for hours, causing them excruciating pain.

Groups of 50 were strung up?  Did the Nazis take a photo of the pole hanging?  Indeed, they did.  The photo below was shown in the Dachau Museum for years, until it was finally taken down because it was a fake.

Still photo from a Soviet film shows "pole-hanging" punishment

Still photo from a Soviet film shows “pole-hanging” punishment

The photograph above, which I took inside the old Dachau Museum in May 2001, shows a scene at Buchenwald that was created in 1958 for an East German DEFA film. (Source: H. Obenaus, “Das Foto vom Baumhängen: Ein Bild geht um die Welt,” in Stiftung Topographie des Terrors Berlin (ed.), Gedenkstätten-Rundbrief no. 68, Berlin, October 1995, pp. 3-8)

This fake photo was not included in the new Dachau Museum which opened in 2003, but all the tour guides at Dachau still dwell at length upon the hanging punishment.  I have not been to Dachau since 2008; perhaps the fake photo has been brought back.

But it gets worse.  This quote is from the article in The Independent:

[The prisoners] were locked in “standing cells” with no room to sit down or turn around for days on end. They were savaged by camp dogs, drowned, shot, worked to death or died from mass overcrowding and the successive outbreaks of disease which plagued the camp before it was finally liberated by American troops in April 1945. The soldiers found hundreds of “ sallow skeletons with large sad eyes”.

Ah, yes, the famous “standing cells.”  Where are they now?  The standing cells were torn down, and now there is only a photo of what they looked like. The photo is shown below.

A diagram of the standing cells in the Dachau bunker

A diagram of the standing cells in the Dachau bunker

Who tore down the standing cells at Dachau and why?  Did anyone take a photo of them before they were torn down?  Not that I know of.  The American liberators of Dachau found out about the standing cells from Eleanore Hodys, a prisoner who had been at Auschwitz, where she claimed that she had been confined to a “standing cell” for NINE WEEKS.  She also claimed that she had had an affair with Rudolf Hoess at Auschwitz.  Hoess had formerly been the Commandant at Dachau, so her story took up about a third of the book about Dachau, which was entitled Dachau Liberated, the Official Report.  Her story may have inspired the claim of standing cells at Dachau.

There was at least one American prisoner at Dachau when the camp was liberated.  What did he have to say about the standing cells, the whipping block and the pole hanging?  Did he write a book about the torture that he endured at Dachau?  Did he ever explain why he was not executed after he was caught, fighting with the French Resistance, in civilian clothes?

The American prisoner at Dachau, when the camp was liberated, was Rene Guiraud.

After being given intensive specialized training, Lt. Guiraud had been parachuted into Nazi-occupied France, along with a radio operator. His mission was to collect intelligence, harass German military units and occupation forces, sabotage critical war material facilities, and carry on other resistance activities. In other words, he was an illegal combatant, according to the Geneva Convention of 1929, and he could have been legally executed.

Guiraud had organized 1,500 guerrilla fighters and developed intelligence networks. During all this, Guiraud posed as a French citizen, wearing civilian clothing. He was captured and interrogated for two months by the Gestapo, but revealed nothing about his mission. After that, he was sent to Dachau where he participated in the camp resistance movement along with the captured British SOE men in the camp.

Two weeks after the liberation of the Dachau horror camp, Guirard “escaped” from the quarantined Dachau camp and went to Paris where he arrived in time to celebrate V-E day.  He never said a word about how he was treated badly at Dachau.

What about the five British SOE agents, who were prisoners in the Dachau camp when it was liberated?  What did they have to say about the horror at Dachau?

One of the prisoners at Dachau, when the camp was liberated, was Albert Guérisse, a British SOE agent from Belgium, who was hiding his identity by using the name Patrick O’Leary. He was one of five British SOE agents who had survived the Nazi concentration camps at Mauthausen in Austria and Natzweiler in Alsace before being transferred to Dachau.

When the American liberators arrived at the gate into the Dachau camp, Guérisse greeted Lt. William P. Walsh and 1st Lt. Jack Bushyhead of the 45th Infantry Division and took them on a tour of the camp, showing them the gas chamber and the ovens in the crematorium. In his book  entitled The Day of the Americans, Nerin E. Gun wrote that Patrick O’Leary (real name Albert Guérisse) was the leader of the International Committee of Dachau, which was in charge of the camp.

What did Guérisse tell the Americans about the horror of Dachau, other than the gas chamber?  Nothing.  He escaped to Paris, along with Rene Guiard.

The information about the Dachau camp, which is told to visitors today, came from the Jewish prisoners, most of whom had only been in the Dachau camp for a few weeks.  They had been evacuated from the sub-camps and brought to the main camp, so that the prisoners could be surrendered to the Americans.  It was the Jewish prisoners who testified at the American Military Tribunal, and wrote books about the horror of Dachau.

Visitors to Dachau today don’t want to hear about what it was really like at Dachau.  They want to see a “horror camp” and a gas chamber. The Dachau Memorial Site caters to the desire of the tourists; it does not tell the true story of what Dachau was really like.

Few tourists visit the historic town of Dachau, which was in existence before America was a country.

 The Gable on the town hall in the historic town of Dachau


The Gable on the town hall in the historic town of Dachau

The photograph above shows a close-up of the emblem on the top of the old town hall. In the round window in the center of the picture, you can see a silver spur. A spur has been used in the Dachau town seal since as far back as 1374.  But who cares about that?  Tourists today only want to see the gas chamber at Dachau, not the historic buildings in the town.

You can see photos of the historic places in the town of Dachau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauTown/HistoricPlaces/index.html

July 13, 2013

Did Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz, rape any of the female prisoners?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:54 pm

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

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.[4]

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.[4]

Rudolf Hoess was captured and tortured by British soldiers

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

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?