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Nazis at leisure at Auschwitz
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The NY Times has a flash presentation of some previously unseen photos which show the Nazi cadre of Auschwitz "at play". No nothing gross except to see these monsters at their leisure. Sing alongs, a little beer drinking, you know, the normal, everyday activities of sadists and murderers.

Also included are some pictures of Dr. Joseph Mengele.
These are the first authenticated pictures of Mengele at Auschwitz, officials at the Holocaust museum said.
They are from the album of Obersturmführer Karl Höcker. Hocker was the adjutant to the commandant of the Auschwitz complex for some of the most murderous months of the camp's existence.

The album has 116 pictures, all of which can be seen here.

The archivists say the pictures shed new light on the off duty activities of the SS cadre of Auschwitz, of which very little is known. For instance, how much do you know about the SS female auxillary (SS Helferinnen) there? Looking at the pictures you'd think they were any normal group of young ladies out having a lark before heading back to the daily 9 to 5.

Oh, and Hocker?
Höcker fled Auschwitz before the camp’s liberation. When he was captured by the British he was carrying false documents identifying him as a combat soldier. After the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel, West German authorities tracked down Höcker in Engershausen, his hometown, where he was working as a bank official.

He was convicted of war crimes and served seven years before his release in 1970, after which he was rehired by the bank. Höcker died in 2000 at 89.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Seven years...

I have nothing at all to say. It’s too late now. Once again my prayers go out to all the families who had loved ones at those places. Every time I see pictures I have waking nightmares for days... I can NOT begin to imagine how those effected felt.

Written By: Teresa
7 Years. Rings hollow. I find it amazing that we as a country are worried about how we look to these people. Germans should be personally ashamed, your parents sat on their a$$ while millions died at the hands of few. If anything you should oppose tyranny and not the means to rid the world of it. When will people realize by devaluing a life they devalue all life and thus let the fanatics reign terror.
Written By: coaster
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The pictures are a perfect example of the banality of evil.
Written By: Dale Franks
Dammit Dale! That’s what I was going to say.
Written By: Aldo
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I was in Germany from 64 to 70 and visited Dachau, just north of Munich. I find it abhorrent that younger people today in the U.S. are unaware of the magnitude and depravity that went on in Europe.
Coaster, I would hold the present day Germans no more at fault than I would hold present day Americans at fault for slavery.
Written By: tom scott
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"Dammit Dale! That’s what I was going to say."

Ditto. I would also like to add this litle ditty;

"The Nazi, whom we did abhor,
Is now gemütlichkeiter,
For when he isn’t making war
No one could be politer.
He woos Miss Liberty with zeal;
He bows with grace and rigor,
To kiss the hand and click the heel —
Before he clicks the trigger."

" younger people today in the U.S. are unaware of the magnitude and depravity that went on in Europe."

Ah, but didn’t you know that the sins of Old Europe pale in comparison to the evil and deravity of the US?
Written By: timactual
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I find it abhorrent that younger people today in the U.S. are unaware of the magnitude and depravity that went on in Europe.
To attempt to remedy that, I made my sons watch World at War. The section on the Holocaust is excellent. Well, maybe it’s better to say that the whole thing is excellent.

For those who prefer reading to video, get Winds of War and War and Remembrance. Best historical fiction I ever read. (I’d aslo recommend Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but it’s a much tougher slog.)
Written By: Billy Hollis
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"He was convicted of war crimes and served seven years before his release in 1970, after which he was rehired by the bank."

No, the Nazi mindset was alive and well even then. Imagine what it is today. I wonder sometimes if we should have dropped a nuke on Germany in July of ’45 just for general principles.

Written By: Sharpshooter
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Sharpshooter, not so sharp.

A replay, F***in Nazis killed millions of innocent people, blacks, Jews, queers. Germany deserved a nuke, that would kill millions of innoc......

Not smart.

- Temple Stark
Written By: Temple Stark
Seven years, for the adjutant of Auschwitz? Why wasn’t this criminal sent to Israel, Poland , or to the Hague? I think I know why. Because of the Cold War. The US embraced W. Germany, and overlooked this incredible crimes, merely because the US had a priority in perpetuating the Cold War.

I’m certain that this indifference to the fate of the war criminals has continued today. Does anyone remember the day that they let Clinton and Rabin meet Arafat on the White House lawn? And has Qaddafi ever been arrested for his crimes? It is little wonder that governments and terrorists don’t take American justice seriously.

I don’t agree that they should have nuked Germany. But they should have captured and destroyed as many of the guilty party as was necessary. Instead, many innocent civilians perished in the bombings of Dresden.

Written By: Paul
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