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From Wed Jul  3 10:52:31 PDT 1996
Article: 47900 of alt.revisionism
From: (Mark Van Alstine)
Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: Re: The first "denier" was a Buchenwald inmate
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 1996 01:31:34 -0700
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In article <4rcoi2$>, (Yale F. Edeiken) wrote:

> >  The G*wer-Troll insinuates:
> >  Do you not find it a touch interesting that he wrote those "memoirs" in
> >  one month while conducting his own defense?  Do you not find it
> >  interesting that that "memoirs" were in fact his own death warrant but
> >  were not introduced by the prosecutions?  
> Do you have some reference for this?  I have always understood that 
> Hoess wrote his "Memoirs" *after* his conviction and while he was awaiting 
> execution.

Ho"ss's memoirs were written betwen October 1946 and April 1947 while
imprisoned and during his trial. Jan Sehn asked Ho"ss, who was quite
cooperative, to write about some of the people who served at Auschwitz,
the decisions they made, the camp regulations, and some of the documents
destroyed before Auschwitz's liberation. Ho"ss voluntarily did so. (These
documents, his "memoirs", _were_ used in Ho"ss's trial- which Ho"ss
full-well knew they would be and to which he knew the consequences of them
being so used.) After Ho"ss finished these anecdotal sections he remarked
that to Sehn that there was little to do in his prison cell. Sehn that
suggested he write about himself. Ho"ss did so. The result is what is
today known as the autobiography of Rudolf Ho"ss. Thus Ho"ss's memoirs are
in fact a collection of documents about Auschwitz, various people,
documents, etc. _and_ his autobiography. (_Death Dealer_, pp.19-20; _KL
Auschwitz Seen by the SS_, pp.16-17.)

> >  Have you never asked why he was not accused at Nuremberg?  Can you
> >  explain that?  
> He was not a big enough fish for Nuremberg.  Despite the popular 
> conception, the actual trial was more about the first three counts of the 
> indictment. The actual actors who performed the murders were tried in a 
> series of trials after the main event at Nuremberg.  Many were tried in the 
> areas in which their crimes were committed.  Hoess was among them.

Ho"ss was extradited to Poland to stand trial in accordance with the
Allied agreement on the extradition of war criminals as specified by the
Moscow Decleration and the Potsdam Agreement. As Ho"ss's crimes were tied
to a specific geographic area (Poland) he was not tried at Nurenburg, but
in Poland where his crimes were committed. 



"Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes 
not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties--but
right through every human heart--and all human hearts." 

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, "The Gulag Archipelago"

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