[Introduction: Rudolph Hoess was the Commandante of Auschwitz Work Camp in Poland. After his arrest, he claimed he had been so severely beaten that he would have signed anything without even knowing what was in the document being signed. He testified at the Nuremberg Tribunal that he had never killed Jews or anyone else at the Work Camp in Auschwitz, that the alleged confession that he signed was obtained via torture. Here is the truth that has emerged proving that Rudolph Hoess' testimony was honest and correct. He, of course, is dead, because the Tribunal was not there to judge fairly but only as a show trial--to find everyone guilty. -- These Introductory Notes About Hoess Inside These Brackets Were the Work of Jew Watch.]
On Hoess' torture, Roger Garaudy says:
Lacking written proofs and irrecusable documents, the Nuremberg court was forced to base itself on "eyewitness accounts", like the fictionalized works and the films that came later.
The survivors who were called upon to bear witness and who authenticated the existence of "gas chambers" did it not from what they had seen but what they had "heard said".
A typical and famous example is that of Doctor Benedict Kautzsky, successor to his father at the head of the Austrian Social Democratic party.
After declaring that the maximum period of survival at Auschwitz was three months (though he himself spent three years there), he wrote his book: "Teufel und Verdammt" (published in Switzerland in 1946), in which he declared about the "gas chambers" :
"I did not see them personally, but so many faithworthy people confirmed their existence."
"Il will hier noch eine kurze Shilderung der Gaskannmern einflechten,die ich zwar selbst nicht gesehen habe, die mir iber von so vielen glaubwurdigdargestellt worden sind... "
A few eyewitness accounts were regarded as fundamental, notably those of Rudolf Hoess, Saukel and Nyszli ("Doctor at Auschwitz").
The key witness, who turned out to be the perfect witness to "prove"the thesis of the victors disguised as judges was Rudolf Hoess, ex commander of the Auschwitz camp.
The description he gave when he was arrested became the synopsis of his declarations at Nuremberg; it was everything the Court expected of him.
Here is his declaration, written under oath and signed by Rudolf Hoess on April 5th 1946 :
"I was commander of Auschwitz until December 1st 1943, and I estimate that at least 2,500,000 victims were executed there and exterminated by gassing and cremation, and that at least half a million others died thereof hunger and disease, which makes a up a total of about 3,000,000 dead. The "final solution" of the Jewish question signified the extermination of all the Jews in Europe. I received the order to prepare the extermination at Auschwitz in June 1941. At that time, there already existed three other extermination camps in the general government : Belzec, Treblinka, Wolzek."
One cannot imagine a more perfect confirmation of the theses which were going to be spread by the media for half a century.
And yet this text itself already contains three statements in obviouscontradiction with the truth :
1 - The number of 3 million dead at Auschwitz, needed to justify the total number of Jewish victims (6 million), official figure proclaimed from the start at Nuremberg and which has never ceased to be the leitmotif of official history and of the media since that time, has to be reduced by at least two thirds, as the new commemorative plaque at Auschwitz-Birkenau proves, on which the figure of four million has been replaced by: a little over a million.
2 - The camps of Belzec and Treblinka did not exist in 1941. They were not opened until 1942.
3 - As for the Wolzek camp, it never existed on any map.
How could this "capital testimony" have been recorded without prior verification ?
H0ess himself explains it: the first declarations were made under the control of the Polish authorities which had arrested him.
The autobiography of Rudolf Hoess indicates on page 174 of the French edition :
"At the time of my first cross-examination, the first confessions were obtained by beating me. I do not know what there is in that report although I signed it." (5.956).
(Hoess signed an 8-page typescript at 2.30 in the morning of March 14th1946 which does not essentially differ from what he later wrote and said at Nuremberg or Cracow.)
Hoess himself describes in hand-written notes made at Cracow the circumstancesof the first interrogatory to which he was subjected by the British military police.
"I was arrested on March 11th 1946 at llPM...The Field Security Police subjected me to painful treatment. I was dragged until Heide, precisely to the barracks where, eight months earlier, I had been released by the English. It was there I was interrogated for the first time, during which harsh means were used. I do not know the contents of the report even though I signed it. So much liquor and whip-lashes got the better even of me... A few days later, I was taken to Meiden-on-the-Weser, the main interrogation center of the British zone. There, I fared even worse at the hands of a public attorney, a commander."
Source: Document NO-1210
It was only in 1983 that there was confirmation of the tortures inflicted upon Rudolf Hoess to obtain the "proof" of the "two and a half million" Jews exterminated by him at Auschwitz.
This book was written by Rupert Butler and was called : "Legions of Death" (Hamlyn Paperbacks). It publishes the testimony of Bernard Clarke, who arrested Rudolf Hoess after finding out his whereabouts from his wife after threat of death to herself and her children. Hoess was arrested at the farm where he was hiding on March 11th 1946. Butler describes how it took three days of torture to obtain a "coherent declaration", eg. the one we have just quoted, signed March 14 th 1946 at 2 in the morning.
As soon as he was arrested, Hoess was beaten so hard that "in the end, the health officer intervened with insistence to the captain : tell him to stop or you'll bring back a corpse."
It must be noted that Butler and his interlocutor Clarke both seem highly satisfied with these acts of torture.
The American enquiry committee made up of judges Van Roden and Simpson, sent to Germany in 1948 to investigate irregularities committed by the American military court at Dachau (which had tried 1,500 German prisoners and sentenced420 of them to death), established that the accused had been subjected to physical and psychological torture of every sort to force them to make the desired "confessions". Thus 137 out of 139 German prisoners examined had been kicked in testicles, receiving permanent injuries.
Source : Interview with Judge Edward L. Van Roden, in "The Progressive",February 1949.
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