In , a photo album created by Höcker came to the attention of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the. The album belonged to Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the final camp commandant at Auschwitz, Richard Baer. Höcker took the pictures as. Picture from Karl Hoecker album. Author: SS photo. Foreground (from the left): Richard Baer, the third and the last commandant of KL Auschwitz; Dr Josef.

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Karl-Friedrich Höcker – Wikipedia

One month later, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. Not only does Perel survive though, but he is considered a war hero by the Nazis, forwarded as ,arl exemplary Aryan, kral for an elite Hitler Youth education at a Berlin Academy and almost adopted by a high ranking officer.

If not, please change your browser settings. The album shows the ordinary side of barracks life and ordinary is the right word here for the troops running Auschwitz.

Hannah Arendt’s dictum of ” Allbum banality of evil ” is inevitable quoted in connection with this album of photographs – but rightly so. He further denied any knowledge of the fate of the approximatelyHungarian Jews who were jarl at Auschwitz during his term of service at the camp.

But more than that – he describes a sort of collective amnesia of the people he meets in these towns now – a wilful state of denial that these people – the German jews, their homes and businesses – ever existed in these places – the slate of their existence wiped clean. Auschwitz through the Lens of the SS: Finding comfort at Auschwitz: Twelve SS auxiliaries sit happily on a fence railing eating blueberries given to albhm by an SS officer.


The opening of a hospital at Auschwitz. They, along with other American industrialists, helped the Nazis rise to power.

His father was a construction workerwho was later killed in action during World War I. The album also contains photographs taken most likely in the aftermath of that very same December 26,air raid.

The Höcker Album and the life of the SS in Auschwitz. A parallel world.

Judenrat, victims, documentation and technical. Newer Post Older Post Home. In September he commited suicide. In the picture you can see a column of SS soldiers from the camp staff marching at the warehouse barracks, so-called Bauhof in Auschwitz I.

Laughing at Auschwitz – SS auxiliaries poses at a resort for Auschwitz personnel,

That day, hoec,er U. Several pages depict a ceremony on September 1,commemorating the opening of the SS military hospital at the entrance to Birkenau. These pictures return us again to the power of photography – its power to depict the ordinary in compelling detail, its power to contain memory, its power to work in opposition to those who would attempt to monopolise history, to draw out these individual moments.

Some were career soldiers, yet many had very ordinary backgrounds. In released and transfered to West Germany. All this helped my see these photographs a little more clearly.

In all, the album contains eight photographs a,bum which Mengele appears. He was sentenced to nine months that he never served. He should have been hanged. The SS funeral service involved wreath laying, lots of flowers, and a military honor guard.

The SS Officers and their wives and girlfriends enjoying everyday life. Early in the s he was apprehended by West German authorities in his hometown, where he was a bank official.

Auschwitz — a room for SS-men where they could rest after a hard day of work in the camp. Frankfurt Auschwitz trials Treblinka trials. It is not known why the bank rehired and promoted him after a long absence.


The museum obtained the photos from allbum retired US Army intelligence officer, who hhoecker across the album in an apartment in Frankfurt and has now given them to the museum. The same Thyssen that privately funded the SS. He took up gardening in his spare time, and became the chief cashier of the regional bank in Lubbecke, only losing his during the pre-trial investigations for the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, in which he was a defendant.

Inhe became the adjutant to the commandant at Majdanek during the Operation Reinhardt mass deportations and murders.

Help us teach about the consequences of unchecked hate and hlecker. The slave labor worked for Fritz Thyssen, whose coal, steel mines, and railroads determined the location of the camp and others. Hoecker in his summer uniform.

He is also the only person in the album to hoeckef alone in any of the images. All the while, a few short miles away – these men and women commuting daily to their duties – the production line carnage, suffering and death of Auschwitz carried on – efficient and well ordered.

The captions of the photographs, and the people featured in the images, quickly confirmed that it depicts life in and around the Auschwitz camps.

Laughing at Auschwitz – SS auxiliaries poses at a resort for Auschwitz personnel, 1942

He was released after serving five years. These photographs were taken just weeks prior to the SS evacuation of the camp to avoid capture by Soviet troops.

They were doing their duty – not “just following orders” under duress, but acting as dutiful members of the state.