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                        Technique and Operation
                            of the Gas Chambers ©
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The “mythical” manuscript and/or “notorious forgery” of Rudolph Hoess’ memoirs. Entitled: Mein Psyche, Werden, Leben und Erleben[My Psyche, Life and Experience] conserved in the PMO archives. Published in England by Pan Books under the title Commandant of Auschwitz .  

Photo 21:
[PMO neg. no. 1255]

SS Lieutenant-Colonel Rudoph Hoess, former commandant of Auschwitz and then head of Department D1 of the SS-WVHA Concentration Camp Inspectorate, arrested by the British on 11 February [March in the public version] 1946 in Flensburg in the north of Schleswig-Holstein under the pseudonym of Franz Lang, after his appearance before the Nuremberg Tribunal on 5th April as a witness for the defense of Kaltenbrunner. Handed over by the Americans to the Polish authorities on 25th May 1946
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 Photo 22:
[PMO neg. no. 1251]
  Photo 23:
[PMO neg. no. 1256]  
Ex commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolph Franz Ferdinand Hoess at the opening of his trial before the Polish Supreme Court in Warsaw on 11th March 1947.     The accused, Hoess, founder of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during his trial in Warsaw, held from 11th to 29th March 1947 

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 Photo 24:
[PMO neg. no. 1257] 
  Photo 25:
[PMO neg. no. 1259]  
Hoess, the technician of planned death, during the reading of the charges drawn up by Judge Jan Sehn.     Hoess, condemned to death by a sentence passed in the name of the Polish Republic on 2nd April 1947, shortly before his being hanged on 16th April 1947 behind Krematorium I in the Auschwitz main camp.  
Technique and operation
of the gas chambers

Jean-Claude Pressac
© 1989, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
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