• Home
  • Bdm News
  • Radical Leftists Attack Dozens Marching in Support of Hebron Shooter

The Wedding Ring That Got Auschwitz’s Commander Hanged

Rudolf Höss was executed exactly 70 years ago. Little did he know his wedding ring would do him in − thanks to the ingenuity of Berlin-born Jew Hanns Alexander

A few days before he was executed on April 16, 1947, Auschwitz commander Rudolf Franz Höss penned a final letter to his wife. He wrote that he had been “a cogwheel in the monstrous German machinery of destruction,” an “automaton who blindly obeyed every order.” He had “followed a very wrong path, and thereby brought destruction on [him]self.” He called himself “the greatest of all destroyers of human beings.”
Höss attached his wedding ring to the letter and asked his wife to revert to using her maiden name. “It will be best for my name to die with me,” he wrote.
That wedding ring played a big role in his arrest a year earlier.
Höss’ arrest was made possible by a Berlin-born Jew named Hanns Alexander, who had served in the British army. Alexander led 25 British soldiers who found Höss hiding on an isolated farm in Germany.
Höss handed Alexander forged identity papers bearing the name Franz Lang. Höss looked haggard, but Alexander knew that was his man. He waved a photograph in Höss’ face, but the German denied that it was him, again pointing to his papers. Alexander looked for a way to prove the man’s identity. He found the solution in the wedding ring.
Give it to me, Alexander demanded. I can’t, it’s been stuck on my finger for years, Höss replied. No problem, I’ll cut it off, Alexander said.
Only after a kitchen knife was produced did Höss take off the ring. Alexander took a close look and saw the names Rudolf and Hedwig – Höss’ wife – carved on the ring’s inner side.
After being beaten by Alexander’s soldiers, Höss was put on a truck. On the way, after being asked repeatedly, Höss broke down and confessed that he had ruled Auschwitz. Alexander and the soldiers, before delivering Höss to prison, stopped at an inn to celebrate the occasion. Höss remained under guard in the truck.
Höss was the direct founder, organizer and commander of Auschwitz, which he prepared for the mass extermination of human beings starting in the summer of 1941. More than 1 million people were killed there, most of them Jews.
Höss gave testimony at the Nuremberg trials. In the summer of 1941 – he couldn’t recall the exact date – he was called to Berlin to meet the head of the SS. Heinrich Himmler declared, unusually without the presence of his adjutant, that the Führer had ordered a “Final Solution to the Jewish problem.”
Himmler said he was designating the camp in Auschwitz for this task because the area was remote and could easily be camouflaged. It would be an onerous task requiring complete dedication. Himmler told Höss that he would have to keep this order absolutely secret, even from his superiors.
Höss was executed exactly 70 years ago at that precise remote location.
His wife Hedwig died in her sleep in 1989 in the United States, where she was visiting her daughter Brigitte, who still lives there. She still finds it hard to believe that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.
Alexander died in 2006. His nephew Thomas Harding told his story in the 2013 book “Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz.”
Ofer Aderet
Haaretz Correspondent

read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.783769

Schermata 2017 04 16 alle 22.53.36

Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

Boycott Israeli diamond