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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.