The hanging of Rudolf Hoess at Auschwitz

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The site of the execution of Rudolf Höss quite close to his former office and the gas chamber in crematorium one at Auschwitz where he was commandant from 1940 - 1943.

In the last days of the war, Höss disguised himself evading arrest for close to a year. When he was captured by British troops on 11 March 1946, he was disguised as a farmer and called himself Franz Lang. His wife had told the British where he could be found. After being questioned by his captors, Höss confessed his real identity.

During the Nuremberg Trials, he appeared as a witness in the trials of Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Oswald Pohl, and the IG Farben corporation. On 25 May 1946, he was handed over to Polish authorities who tried him. Höss was sentenced to death on 2 April 1947. The sentence was carried out on 16 April 1946 on the site seen in this film.
Höss wrote his autobiography while awaiting execution.

Four days before he was hanged, Höss sent a message to the state prosecutor, including these comments:

"My conscience compels me to make the following declaration. In the solitude of my prison cell I have come to the bitter recognition that I have sinned gravely against humanity. As Commandant of Auschwitz I was responsible for carrying out part of the cruel plans of the "Third Reich" for human destruction. In so doing I have inflicted terrible wounds on humanity. I caused unspeakable suffering for the Polish people in particular. I am to pay for this with my life. May the Lord God forgive what I have done."

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